For January 15, A Year with Rilke again shares a passage from Letters to a Young Poet, Paris, Feb. 17, 1903.
Rilke advises the young poet that as he “unfolds as an artist”to keep “growing through all that happens to you.” He then tells him that looking outside oneself for answers is a violent disruption to the process, and that answers lie within ourselves.
Jan. 15, 2014
How do I hear myself
amid the buzz of babble,
the blab of the pave inside?
Outside, there is ebb and flow
to the cacophony of sound,
noise of the crowd fades in and out.
But here, even when sleeping
I cannot still the tangle of incessant voices
that hides what I feel and truths I might believe.