Treasure Island

Rainer Maria Rilke

(4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926 / Prague / Czech Republic)

I Am Much Too Alone in This World, Yet Not Alone


I am much too alone in this world, yet not alone
enough
to truly consecrate the hour.
I am much too small in this world, yet not small
enough
to be to you just object and thing,
dark and smart.
I want my free will and want it accompanying
the path which leads to action;
and want during times that beg questions,
where something is up,
to be among those in the know,
or else be alone.

I want to mirror your image to its fullest perfection,
never be blind or too old
to uphold your weighty wavering reflection.
I want to unfold.
Nowhere I wish to stay crooked, bent;
for there I would be dishonest, untrue.
I want my conscience to be
true before you;
want to describe myself like a picture I observed
for a long time, one close up,
like a new word I learned and embraced,
like the everday jug,
like my mother's face,
like a ship that carried me along
through the deadliest storm.

Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

Do you like this poem?
1 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: smart, mirror, alone, mother, dark, world, time

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (I Am Much Too Alone in This World, Yet Not Alone by Rainer Maria Rilke )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

New Poems

  1. SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT THE SUN, NICHOLAS CAMPBELL
  2. I am always with you, gajanan mishra
  3. SOFT POCKET HERCULES, NICHOLAS CAMPBELL
  4. You cannot go, gajanan mishra
  5. Rebecca, Claudia Scott
  6. DREAM TIME, NICHOLAS CAMPBELL
  7. ABOUT NOTHING, NICHOLAS CAMPBELL
  8. Humpty Dumpty, michael hagwood
  9. ELEGY FOR THE LIVING, NICHOLAS CAMPBELL
  10. guardian angel, Miss. Tanease Berry

Poem of the Day

poet Sir Walter Raleigh

EVEN such is Time, that takes in trust
Our youth, our joys, our all we have,
And pays us but with earth and dust;
   Who in the dark and silent grave,
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  5. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  6. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  7. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  8. Alone, Edgar Allan Poe
  9. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  10. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]