Rainer Maria Rilke

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

You, Darkness - Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke

You, darkness, that I come from
I love you more than all the fires
that fence in the world,
for the fire makes a circle of light for everyone
and then no one outside learns of you.

But the darkness pulls in everything-
shapes and fires, animals and myself,
how easily it gathers them! -
powers and people-

and it is possible a great presence is moving near me.

I have faith in nights.


Comments about You, Darkness by Rainer Maria Rilke

  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/13/2015 1:44:00 PM)


    You, darkness, that I come from
    I love you more than all the fires
    that fence in the world,

    - my ITALIAN TRANSLATION:

    Voi, tenebre, da cui io provengo
    Vi amo più di tutti i fuochi
    che recingono il mondo,
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  • Dawn Fuzan (5/11/2014 8:17:00 AM)


    Very well written (Report) Reply

  • (3/8/2006 8:46:00 AM)


    Hauntingly beautiful, it wraps one in the spell of night-time. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, December 27, 2003

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 16, 2010


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