Final January Small Stone–Jan. 31, 2014


The final January reading from A Year with Rilke is titled The One Who Is Coming,  which, once again I found on the blog, A Year with Rilke, from 2011. Thank you to Lorenzo and Ruth for their postings that gave me a way to share many of the readings with everyone who reads my small stones.

AYEARWRILKEMy stone for today was inspired partly by Rilke, but, especially for my ModPo friends, I also included a little bit of Emily Dickinson here.

Jan. 31, 2014

–Do you not see how all that is happening is ever again a new beginning?
from “The One Who Is Coming”, Letters to a Young Poet, Rome, Dec. 23, 1903 A Year with Rilke

English: The 24 hour tower clock face in Venice

Each day begins and all
is possibility, hours stretched
with hope and good intention.

Each blank page calls for its companions,
words of the poet, each rising above
the lesser words of yesterday.

Shall we not move forward then
with eagerness and passion—
for today, for life, for— THIS—?

24-hours-clock painted by Paolo Uccello in San...

Astronomical Clock (Astronomical Dial), Prague...

Astronomical Clock (Astronomical Dial), Prague, Czech Republic (Photo credit: Grufnik)

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Small stone for Jan. 30, 2014

badge-14-300x300And 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: AloneAYEARWRILKE

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

English: Precipice, Gad Cliff This vertical pr...
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?  


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Small Stone for Jan. 15, 2014

Letters to a young poet

Letters to a young poet (credit: Xpectro)

badge-14-300x300For 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.

Through the Chaos

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

Couleur Café
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.

Tangled Roots

Tangled Roots (Photo credit: acaben)


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