Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Love Song


How can I keep my soul in me, so that
it doesn't touch your soul? How can I raise
it high enough, past you, to other things?
I would like to shelter it, among remote
lost objects, in some dark and silent place
that doesn't resonate when your depths resound.
Yet everything that touches us, me and you,
takes us together like a violin's bow,
which draws *one* voice out of two separate strings.
Upon what instrument are we two spanned?
And what musician holds us in his hand?
Oh sweetest song.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Jeremy Parsons (2/28/2014 9:20:00 AM)

    My dear husband David and I had this as one of the poems at our Civil Partnership 8 years ago. To my great grief and distress he died in January but this poem still resonates with our love and brings joy. (Report) Reply

  • Annie Davies (12/25/2008 6:34:00 PM)

    this poem touched my soul many years ago, and i love it still. it belongs in my soul beside my great love for my beautiful blue eyed poet s.n. (Report) Reply

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