poet Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke

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As Once The Winged Energy Of Delight

As once the winged energy of delight
carried you over childhood's dark abysses,
now beyond your own life build the great
arch of unimagined bridges.

Wonders happen if we can succeed
in passing through the harshest danger;
but only in a bright and purely granted
achievement can we realize the wonder.

To work with Things in the indescribable
relationship is not too hard for us;
the pattern grows more intricate and subtle,
and being swept along is not enough.

Take your practiced powers and stretch them out
until they span the chasm between two
contradictions...For the god
wants to know himself in you.

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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  • Michael Morgan (8/4/2014 9:50:00 PM)

    ...'winged energy of delight'. Anytime.

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  • Michael Morgan (8/4/2014 9:49:00 PM)

    simply awesome. '...the chasm between two contradictions'. spelled Z-E-N

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  • Anna Kelly (1/2/2007 3:39:00 AM)

    ...if we can find the god within us then maybe the intricate pattern becomes less intricate?

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