Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Falling Stars

Do You Still Remember: Falling Stars? - Rainer Maria Rilke

Do you still remember: falling stars,
how they leapt slantwise through the sky
like horses over suddenly held-out hurdles
of our wishes—did we have so many?—
for stars, innumerable, leapt everywhere;
almost every gaze upward became
wedded to the swift hazard of their play,
and our heart felt like a single thing
beneath that vast disintegration of their brilliance—
and was whole, as if it would survive them!


  1. Thanks so much for this site. I stumbled on it yesterday searching for a poem my son was performing. I really like the "one a day" format. I'm not much of a wordsmith myself, but I do appreciate the magic of the right combination of words.


  2. You should give credit for the excellent translation by Edward Snow.


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