I do not recall when I first stumbled across this Rilke poem… but it has become a frequent guest of my morning meditations as I read it, prayer like, to help me begin my day…
I hope this poem finds a spot in your day to lift you as you remind yourself “I am!”
Let This Darkness Be a Bell Tower
by Rainer Maria Rilke
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.
Let This Darkness Be a Bell Tower by Rainer Maria Rilke from Sonnets to Orpheus II, 29. Translation by Joanna Macy and Anita Barrows.
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This is So Good. So empowering! Thank you for sharing it.
This is the absolute perfect morning (and evening) meditation! Thank you!
What a beautiful and perfect meditation. Thank you Kat!
I have a little poem book by Rilke that I have yet to read, I must find it!!
A new-to-me Rilke poem! Reminiscent of a few of his that are familiar to me–but more imagery than I usually associate with him. Love reading new poems in these gatherings…
What a lovely poem. I have one book with Rilke poems. I wonder if it is in that book? Regardless, it is a perfect meditation. Thank you.