Jul 25 2011

Rainer Maria Rilke – Ah, not to be cut off

Published by at 8:56 am under Poetry,Poetry Chaikhana Misc.

Ah, not to be cut off
by Rainer Maria Rilke

English version by Stephen Mitchell

Ah, not to be cut off,
not through the slightest partition
shut out from the law of the stars.
The inner — what is it?
if not the intensified sky,
hurled through with birds and deep
with the winds of homecoming.

— from Ahead of All Parting: The Selected Poetry and Prose of Rainer Maria Rilke, Translated by Stephen Mitchell


/ Photo by AlicePopkorn /

Ah, not to be cut off,
not through the slightest partition
shut out from the law of the stars.

When I sit at my computer in the morning and decide which poem to select for the day, I often feel like a musician, trying to find just the right tone and rhythm. It’s a Monday, the beginning of the work week for most people on this list, not the right time for a long poem or a long-winded commentary. Also many people really responded to Friday’s selection, and I don’t want mentally to crowd it out with today’s selection. So I thought we should go with something short, without a lot of my own commentary. Something that gently shifts perception and soothes the heart, but without hooking into the analytical mind.

That’s the tone I like to renew my connection with the world each week.

The inner — what is it?
if not the intensified sky…

A peek into the musical art of poem selection.

…hurled through with birds and deep
with the winds of homecoming.

Have a beautiful day!

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3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Rainer Maria Rilke – Ah, not to be cut off”

  1. Sammon 25 Jul 2011 at 11:34 am

    Ivan dear,

    Rilke use of words & images is both magical and very real to me even in translation, a gorgeous translation.

    Now here’s a great reason to learn German, to be able to read Rilke as well
    as Goethe in the original?

    However, your choice this Monday is so perfect and beautiful it almost hurts.

    So thank you thank you “….hurled through with birds and deep with the winds..”,

    Gratefully,
    Samm

  2. Ritaon 25 Jul 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Beautiful poem, music and an extraordinary Photograph! Thank you!

  3. Noor Hussainon 25 Jul 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Dear Ivan
    I very much appreciate your plan of making precise comments.
    Regards
    Noor

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