Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Telling You All - Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke

Telling you all would take too long.
Besides, we read in the Bible
how the good is harmful
and how misfortune is good.

Let's invite something new
by unifying our silences;
if, then and there, we advance,
we'll know it soon enough.

And yet towards evening,
when his memory is persistent,
one belated curiousity
stops him before the mirror.

We don't know if he is frightened.
But he stays, he is engrossed,
and, facing his reflection,
transports himself somewhere else.


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  • Konab Ghumman (4/5/2019 11:19:00 AM)

    I have not the words to express what this poem does to me. I can only say it's a brillent master piece.. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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