Thursday, June 27, 2024

Thursday Evening - Evening

The sky puts on the darkening blue coat
held for it by a row of ancient trees;
you watch: and the lands grow distant
in your sight, one journeying to
heaven and one that falls;

and leave you not at home in either one,
not quite so still and dark as the darkened
houses, not calling to eternity with
the passion of what becomes a star
each night, and rises;

and leave you (inexpressibly to unravel)
your life, with its immensity and fear,
so that, now bounded, now immeasurable,
it is alternately stone in you and star.

Rainer Maria Rilke
(translation by Stephen Mitchell)

1 comment: said...

Beautiful, Cate...both the photograph and poem.