Mittwoch, September 27, 2006


Autumn Day

Lord: it is time. The summer was immense.
Let thine shadows upon the sundials fall,
and unleash the winds upon the open fields.

Command the last fruits into fullness;
give them just two more ripe, southern days,
urge them into completion and press
the last bit of sweetness into the heavy wine.

He who has no house now, will no longer build.
He who is alone now, will remain alone,
will awake in the night, read, write long letters,
and will wander restlessly along the avenues,
back and forth, as the leaves begin to blow.

Dedicated to my blogger friend Ricardo

Rainer Maria Rilke (4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926) is generally considered the German language's greatest 20th century poet. His haunting images tend to focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude, and profound anxiety — themes that tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist poets.


Blogger RIC said...

Thank you very much, Hans, from the deep of my heart!... I'm touched by your gesture, especially because I know you didn't know Rilke is one of my top favourite poets no matter the language.
«Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge», «Duineser Elegien», «Sonnete an Orpheus»... Enough. The whole of mankind is there.
Yes, please, auf Deutsch!
Thank you and be happy!
Your blogger friend

6:06 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Ric:
I presumed that you love him, Ricardo! :-)

7:33 nachm.  
Blogger Mike said...

Hi Uncle its been a while since I stopped by. Just wanted to say hi.

10:04 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Mike:
Hi, Mikey! Just now I've visited your blog! Great that your mom knows now the truth about Ryan and you! :-)


2:41 vorm.  
Blogger Cocaine Jesus said...

never heard of this poet before. glad that you posted him here. thanks.

11:50 vorm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Cocaine Jesus:
Interesting that he isn't well-known in England!!!

2:27 nachm.  
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