Voyages from I to Thou.

Location: Skellig Michel, Ireland

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Window Poem #1 (Ranier Maria Rilke)

It’s enough that on a balcony
or in a window frame
a woman pauses … to be
the one we lose
just by seeing her appear.

And if she lifts her arms
to tie her hair, tender vase:
how much our loss gains
a sudden emphasis,
our sadness brilliance!

-- transl. A. Poulin, Jr


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