Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Exposed On The Cliffs Of The Heart - Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke

Exposed on the cliffs of the heart. Look, how tiny down there,
look: the last village of words and, higher,
(but how tiny) still one last
farmhouse of feeling. Can you see it?
Exposed on the cliffs of the heart. Stoneground
under your hands. Even here, though,
something can bloom; on a silent cliff-edge
an unknowing plant blooms, singing, into the air.
But the one who knows? Ah, he began to know
and is quiet now, exposed on the cliffs of the heart.
While, with their full awareness,
many sure-footed mountain animals pass
or linger. And the great sheltered birds flies, slowly
circling, around the peak's pure denial. - But
without a shelter, here on the cliffs of the heart...


Comments about Exposed On The Cliffs Of The Heart by Rainer Maria Rilke

  • Susan Williams (2/6/2018 3:14:00 PM)


    This is one of the things I love about writing- - there are those who find new and imaginative and heart-touching ways to communicate universal topics like love. How many great poems about love there are and they still manage to transmit their emotions in such a wealth of experiencesm 10000000000000000000000 of course (Report) Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/6/2018 2:23:00 PM)


    Even here! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • (2/6/2018 3:38:00 AM)


    Rilke was indeed a great poet. As witnessed in this marvelous poem. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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