Encounter In The Chestnut Avenue Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke

Encounter In The Chestnut Avenue

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He felt the entrance's green darkness
wrapped cooly round him like a silken cloak
that he was still accepting and arranging;
when at the opposite transparent end, far off,

through green sunlight, as through green window panes,
whitely a solitary shape
flared up, long remaining distant
and then finally, the downdriving light
boiling over it at every step,

bearing on itself a bright pulsation,
which in the blond ran shyly to the back.
But suddenly the shade was deep,
and nearby eyes lay gazing

from a clear new unselfconscious face,
which, as in a portrait, lived intensely
in the instant things split off again:
first there forever, and then not at all.

Translated by Edward Snow

Ruta Mohapatra 19 January 2019

Enchanting and mysterious! Thanks for sharing!

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Prabir Gayen 19 January 2019

Very beautiful poem...the depiction is beautiful....

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Ratnakar Mandlik 19 January 2019

A wonderful abridge version of a story poem.

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Bernard F. Asuncion 19 January 2019

A wonderful poem by Rainer Maria Rilke.....

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Glen Kappy 19 January 2019

This is how to make a scene, an incident, vivid! And I relate to how a strong sensory impression leaves its traces with us. For you who read this and might want to read something similar, see my poem “She Walks.” -GK

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Adrian Flett 19 January 2019

'first there forever, and then not at all.' Using images of shape, cloak and light to achieve a fleeting presence which was there and then gone.

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Edward Kofi Louis 19 January 2019

From a clear new unselfconcious face! With the muse of the race. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke

Prague / Czech Republic
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