Small Stone for Jan. 16, 2014

badge-14-300x300Today’s poem by Rilke is Not By Grasping, which you can read here:

In the poem Rilke says “To sing is to be. Easy for a god. But when do we simply be?”  


I’ve shared the link to the poem because there is so much to think about in a scant 14 line sonnet.  Unlike some of the passages so far, I had to think a long time before making my choice which lines to respond to. I’ve quoted the closing couplet as an epigram to my short poem here.

Jan. 16, 2014

Truly to sing takes another kind of breath.
A breath in the void. A shudder in God. A wind.  – Rilke

Some days the poems flow, words
tumble one over the next, as if they
come from somewhere beyond thought.

But as  I try to write the dark shadowed words—

Shadows in the late afternoon.

Shadows in the late afternoon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

as thought turns inwards—

I become blind and mute. Today,
I stumble and tremble to sing my song.


The Only Journey

The Only Journey (Photo credit: Celestine Chua)

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3 thoughts on “Small Stone for Jan. 16, 2014

  1. I am finding more and more reason why I need to get a copy of Rilke and reread it….it’s been ages … but it seems the more that you talk about his work, the more that I can relate.

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