Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Rainer Maria Rilke Poems

61. Narcissus 1/3/2003
62. My Life 4/3/2010
63. Music 1/13/2003
64. Moving Forward 1/3/2003
65. Love Song 1/3/2003
66. Losing 4/3/2010
67. Loneliness 1/3/2003
68. Little Tear-Vase 1/13/2003
69. Lament (Whom will you cry to, heart?) 1/13/2003
70. Lament (O how all things are far removed) 1/13/2003
71. Lament 1/3/2003
72. Lady On A Balcony 1/13/2003
73. Lady At A Mirror 1/13/2003
74. Interior Portrait 1/13/2003
75. In The Beginning 1/13/2003
76. Ignorant Before the Heavens of My Life 1/3/2003
77. I Am, O Anxious One 1/3/2003
78. I Am Much Too Alone in This World, Yet Not Alone 1/20/2003
79. Heartbeat 1/13/2003
80. Growing Old 4/3/2010

Archaic Torso of Apollo

We cannot know his legendary head
with eyes like ripening fruit. And yet his torso
is still suffused with brilliance from inside,
like a lamp, in which his gaze, now turned to low,

gleams in all its power. Otherwise
the curved breast could not dazzle you so, nor could
a smile run through the placid hips and thighs
to that dark center where procreation flared.

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