Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Ignorant Before The Heavens Of My Life

Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke

Ignorant before the heavens of my life,
I stand and gaze in wonder. Oh the vastness
of the stars. Their rising and descent. How still.
As if I didn't exist. Do I have any
share in this? Have I somehow dispensed with
their pure effect? Does my blood's ebb and flow
change with their changes? Let me put aside
every desire, every relationship
except this one, so that my heart grows used to
its farthest spaces. Better that it live
fully aware, in the terror of its stars, than
as if protected, soothed by what is near.

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  • Anna Kelly (2/13/2007 7:34:00 AM)

    How true...how often do we stop to marvel at the wonder of the almighty cosmos and contemplate the magnificence of all :)(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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