Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Slumber Song


Some day, if I should ever lose you,
will you be able then to go to sleep
without me softly whispering above you
like night air stirring in the linden tree?

Without my waking here and watching
and saying words as tender as eyelids
that come to rest weightlessly upon your breast,
upon your sleeping limbs, upon your lips?

Without my touching you and leaving you
alone with what is yours, like a summer garden
that is overflowing with masses
of melissa and star-anise?


Translated by Albert Ernest Flemming

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Form:


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

Read poems about / on: star, summer, tree, sleep, alone, night, song, lost

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 (Slumber Song by Rainer Maria Rilke )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  4. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  5. A Homage To The Freedom Fighters Of India, Raja Basu
  6. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  7. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  8. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  9. If, Rudyard Kipling
  10. A Red, Red Rose, Robert Burns

Poem of the Day

poet Thomas Nashe

Spring, the sweet spring, is the year's pleasant king,
Then blooms each thing, then maids dance in a ring,
Cold doth not sting, the pretty birds do sing:
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Seamus Heaney

 

New Poems

  1. Why Can't I Sleep, rty rty
  2. जेब्ला आं जिरायना थायो, Ronjoy Brahma
  3. Once Upon A Time, Matthias Pantaleon
  4. Public opinion on peace., Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  5. BEWILDERED CONFUSED, Michael P. Johnson
  6. love as a natural disaster that can't be.., Hyeladai kwapaya
  7. बहा आंनि मिनिनाया, Ronjoy Brahma
  8. A few, very few, too few..., PARTHA SARATHI PAUL
  9. Aching Bad, Michael P. McParland
  10. Essence of world peace., Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
[Hata Bildir]