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Before Summer Rain - Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke

Suddenly, from all the green around you,
something-you don't know what-has disappeared;
you feel it creeping closer to the window,
in total silence. From the nearby wood

you hear the urgent whistling of a plover,
reminding you of someone's Saint Jerome:
so much solitude and passion come
from that one voice, whose fierce request the downpour

will grant. The walls, with their ancient portraits, glide
away from us, cautiously, as though
they weren't supposed to hear what we are saying.

And reflected on the faded tapestries now;
the chill, uncertain sunlight of those long
childhood hours when you were so afraid.


Comments about Before Summer Rain by Rainer Maria Rilke

  • Rookie - 0 Points Dah Helmer (7/13/2016 11:35:00 AM)

    The walls, with their ancient portraits, glide
    away from us, cautiously, as though
    they weren't supposed to hear what we are saying –– powerful language.

    Bravo, Poet! ––)) (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 41,005 Points Douglas Scotney (7/8/2016 11:30:00 PM)

    yet 'pleuvoir' is French 'rain'; so if we pronounce 'Plover' 'Plirvwuh' (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,850 Points Tapan M. Saren (7/8/2016 1:08:00 PM)

    A good poem indeed. Thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

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Poems About Summer

  1. 1. Summer Sun , Robert Louis Stevenson
  2. 2. Summer In The South , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  3. 3. Before Summer Rain , Rainer Maria Rilke
  4. 4. Summer , Alexander Pope
  5. 5. In The Summer , Nizar Qabbani
  6. 6. Written On A Summer Evening , John Keats
  7. 7. The Summer Rain , Henry David Thoreau
  8. 8. Summer , John Clare
  9. 9. A Summer Afternoon , James Whitcomb Riley
  10. 10. Indian Summer , Dorothy Parker
  11. 11. Bed In Summer , Robert Louis Stevenson
  12. 12. A Summer Day , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  13. 13. To Summer , William Blake
  14. 14. Exhortation: Summer 1919 , Claude McKay
  15. 15. Summer Shower , Emily Dickinson
  16. 16. Farm Boy After Summer , Robert Francis
  17. 17. Between The Dusk Of A Summer Night , William Ernest Henley
  18. 18. I See The Boys Of Summer , Dylan Thomas
  19. 19. Summer Stars , Carl Sandburg
  20. 20. I Know I Am But Summer To Your Heart , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  21. 21. A Summer Evening Churchyard, Lechlade, G.. , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  22. 22. Seasonal Cycle - Chapter 01 - Summer , Kalidasa
  23. 23. Summer Wind , William Cullen Bryant
  24. 24. Skeletons Of Summer , Ernestine Northover
  25. 25. Rain In Summer , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  26. 26. Summer Dawn , Spike Milligan
  27. 27. A Night-Rain In Summer , James Henry Leigh Hunt
  28. 28. An Indian Summer Day On The Prairie , Vachel Lindsay
  29. 29. Tis The Last Rose Of Summer , Thomas Moore
  30. 30. Portrait Number Five: Against A New York.. , Jack Gilbert
  31. 31. Indian Summer , Henry Van Dyke
  32. 32. Summer Morn In New Hampshire , Claude McKay
  33. 33. Summer Holiday , Robinson Jeffers
  34. 34. Summer Night, Riverside , Sara Teasdale
  35. 35. As Sleigh Bells Seem In Summer , Emily Dickinson
  36. 36. Summer In The Mountains , Li Po
  37. 37. Once Upon A Summer Day , Joseph T. Renaldi
  38. 38. Indian Summer , Sara Teasdale
  39. 39. The Summer I Was Sixteen , Geraldine Connolly
  40. 40. In Spring And Summer Winds May Blow , Walter Savage Landor
  41. 41. Late Summer Fires , Les Murray
  42. 42. Further In Summer Than The Birds , Emily Dickinson
  43. 43. It Can'T Be "Summer"! , Emily Dickinson
  44. 44. Visiting A Dead Man On A Summer Day , Marge Piercy
  45. 45. Summer Evening , John Clare
  46. 46. Summer For Thee, Grant I May Be , Emily Dickinson
  47. 47. Early Summer Rain , Yosa Buson
  48. 48. Summer In The Country , Charles Simic
  49. 49. Summer Song , George Barker
  50. 50. Summer Images , John Clare
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