Rainer Maria Rilke

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

You, Darkness


You, darkness, that I come from
I love you more than all the fires
that fence in the world,
for the fire makes a circle of light for everyone
and then no one outside learns of you.

But the darkness pulls in everything-
shapes and fires, animals and myself,
how easily it gathers them! -
powers and people-

and it is possible a great presence is moving near me.

I have faith in nights.

Submitted: Saturday, December 27, 2003
Edited: Tuesday, March 16, 2010

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