Rob Dyer Poems
Rilke's First Duino Elegy, Rewritten For Roxana Dyer
The First Duino Elegy of Rilke
Rewritten for Roxana Dyer
Who, if I screamed,
from the ranks of the angels would hear me then?
Even imagine one took me suddenly in his arms:
who I am would be lost in his greater Being.
So beauty was nothing
but the beginning of nightmare, from which we will scarcely awake;
we marvel at beauty, because in the end it has never bothered
to destroy us. Every angel message first brings us terror.
So with strong restraint I choke back the temptation
of agonized sobbing. Oh who then to turn to
in need? Not angels, ...
To My Wife (1988)
Prepared by many partial loves
I loved you for the movement of your hand
glimpsed through an open door.
I have never known you without love.
You are not always beautiful,
yet I stand amazed each moment of our life
at each tiny, perfect gesture,
each grace, each thought, discreet and elegant,
a mind so clear, a love so pure of truth