Friday, December 30, 2011

Let This Darkness Be a Bell Tower

Let This Darkness Be a Bell Tower

Quiet friend who has come so far,
feel how your breathing makes more space around you.
Let this darkness be a bell tower
and you the bell. As you ring,

what batters you becomes your strength.
Move back and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.

In this uncontainable night,
be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses,
the meaning discovered there.

And if the world has ceased to hear you,
say to the silent earth: I flow.
To the rushing water, speak: I am.

- Rainer Maria Rilke

Leigh Kramer posted this poem over at her site, but I wanted to re-post it here, in the dark of the year. I love Rilke, but had not read or remembered this poem. I keep coming back to it this week.

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