Rainer Maria Rilke

(4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926 / Prague / Czech Republic)

Sense Of Something Coming


I am like a flag in the center of open space.
I sense ahead the wind which is coming, and must live
it through.
while the things of the world still do not move:
the doors still close softly, and the chimneys are full
of silence,
the windows do not rattle yet, and the dust still lies down.

I already know the storm, and I am troubled as the sea.
I leap out, and fall back,
and throw myself out, and am absolutely alone
in the great storm.


Translated by Robert Bly

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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