Saturday, January 29, 2011

Shabbat Wisdom

All Who Seek You
by Rainer Maria Rilke from "The Book of Hours: Love Poems to God"

All who seek you
test you.
And those who find you
bind you to image and gesture.

I would rather sense you
as the earth senses you.
In my ripening
ripens what you are.

I need from you no tricks
to prove you exist.
Time, I know,
is other than you.

No miracles, please.
Just let your laws
become clearer
from generation to generation.


Blogger Angela said...

Rilke was one who understood. I must look this poem up in German.

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this, Barbara. I love this poem, and this treasured translation (more of an interpretation, perhaps). In the '90s I attended a heart-opening book party for this volume where the translators spoke and read. I'm still just as deeply affected today by these seemingly simple, deep-as-the-ocean verses. (I've given this particular translation as a gift to probably a dozen good friends over the years. Now that I know you have it, I won't give you a copy...hee hee...).

I hope your snowy headaches are easing.


11:21 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Angela -- I'm sure his writing is even more beautiful in German.

Anon -- It speaks volumes in just a few words, I agree.

The snow has become just another fact of life back east.

11:19 PM  

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