Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Moving Forward

Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke

The deep parts of my life pour onward,
as if the river shores were opening out.
It seems that things are more like me now,
That I can see farther into paintings.
I feel closer to what language can't reach.
With my senses, as with birds, I climb
into the windy heaven, out of the oak,
in the ponds broken off from the sky
my falling sinks, as if standing on fishes.

Comments about Moving Forward by Rainer Maria Rilke

  • Allen (3/19/2019 12:45:00 PM)

    Please correct " Falling" to " Feeling" sinking, in the last line!(Report)Reply

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  • Jacinthe (11/1/2018 3:31:00 AM)

    The translation of Gefuhl in the last line of the poem is wrong: it is not 'falling' but FEELING. It then makes sense.(Report)Reply

    Allen(3/19/2019 12:47:00 PM)

    YES, absolutely, it should be " feeling" .

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (2/14/2017 5:43:00 PM)

    Again there is darkness yet that spear of light that comes down mid poem- -magnificent author(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (2/14/2017 9:16:00 AM)

    Simply superb poem with equally superb flight of imagination.(Report)Reply

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  • Sarah Stimson (4/21/2016 4:04:00 PM)

    Does anyone know of a collection that this poem is in? It is my favorite poem but I can't find it printed in any Rilke collections. Please help!

    chuck bender(8/26/2019 4:29:00 PM)

    Robert Bly's Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke

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  • Margaret O DriscollMargaret O Driscoll (2/29/2016 4:02:00 PM)

    A wonderful description of growing in faith(Report)Reply

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  • Paula Coykendall (4/18/2007 6:58:00 AM)

    I use this poem as a letter-head on my personal stationary; It perfectly describes the feeling I had after surviving a very difficult period in my life, and seeing the inner-growth and clarity which resulted.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003