Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Lady At A Mirror - Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke

As in sleeping-drink spices
softly she loosens in the liquid-clear
mirror her fatigued demeanor;
and she puts her smile deep inside.

And she waits while the liquid
rises from it; then she pours her hair
into the mirror, and, lifting one
wondrous shoulder from the evening gown,

she drinks quietly from her image. She drinks
what a lover would drink feeling dazed,
searching it, full of mistrust; and she only

beckons to her maid when at the bottom
of her mirror she finds candles, wardrobes,
and the cloudy dregs of a late hour.


Translated by Edward Snow


Comments about Lady At A Mirror by Rainer Maria Rilke

  • Susan Williams (8/15/2018 6:23:00 PM)


    One of my favorite poets. - - - - - - - - - -and, lifting one / wondrous shoulder from the evening gown, / she drinks quietly from her image. She drinks / what a lover would drink feeling dazed, - - - - - -pure artistry to write such lines and draw the reader into this scene (Report) Reply

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (8/15/2018 6:42:00 AM)


    All time beauty from Rilke. Enjoyed the essence of a nice poem. (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (8/15/2018 3:37:00 AM)


    'As in sleeping-drink spices
    softly she loosens in the liquid-clear
    mirror her fatigued demeanor;
    and she puts her smile deep inside' - a fantastic introduction indeed!
    (Report) Reply

  • Adrian Flett (8/15/2018 3:15:00 AM)


    The sadness of reality emerging from the mystery of reflection. (Report) Reply

  • (8/15/2018 12:56:00 AM)


    Fascinating stuff...a read that draws one on for more. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/15/2017 11:10:00 AM)


    From the evening gown! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (8/15/2017 6:15:00 AM)


    Beautiful poem with stunning expression. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (8/15/2017 2:18:00 AM)


    Such a great interesting poem.... (Report) Reply

  • (4/16/2006 8:37:00 PM)


    Simply awesome...N.D. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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