Rainer Maria Rilke: “Beginning”


Whoever you are: go out into the evening.
Leave your room and what you know of it.
Your house is the last before the Infinite:
Whoever you are.

And with your eyes, nearly grown too dim
to free themselves from your familiar door,
slowly raise a tree up, dark and thin,
and press it to the sky where it’s never been before.

And you have made a world.  And it is vast
as words that in the silence grow.
And when your will has grasped its sense at last,
then, tenderly, your eyes will let it go …

Rainer Maria Rilke

Translated from German by Paul Weinfield, © 2014

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