Saturday, October 19, 2013

I love the dark hours, by Ranier Maria Rilke

Franz Schubert - "An den Mond", op. 57 No.3, D 193 
with Rita Streich, voice and Erik Werba, piano 

I love the dark hours of my being.
My mind deepens into them.
There I can find, as in old letters,
the days of my life, already lived,
and held like a legend, and understood.

Then the knowing comes: I can open
to another life that's wide and timeless.

So I am sometimes like a tree
rustling over a gravesite
and making real the dream
of the one its living roots embrace:

a dream once lost
among sorrows and songs.

from Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God 
translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy

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