And just one more day to go in this January challenge. It has been an interesting and challenging one for sure as I struggle at times with Rilke‘s work and its religious aspects. Today’s poem is from New Poems, A Year with Rilke: Alone.
Jan. 30, 2014
..Of my heart I will make a tower
and stand on its very edge,
where nothing else exists— Rilke, New Poems, A Year with Rilke
Even now, I shelter where
I’m safe, where fear has always
held me far from the unknown.
My knees weaken at the edge
of real or imagined precipice,
‘til I pull back and turn away.
Every decade missed chances
never returning. Only the wonder,
Is this the last time to take the forward step?