Treasure Island

Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke

101. The Sonnets To Orpheus: Book 2: XIII 1/13/2003
102. The Sonnets To Orpheus: Book 2: XXIII 1/13/2003
103. The Sonnets To Orpheus: I 1/13/2003
104. The Sonnets To Orpheus: IV 1/13/2003
105. The Sonnets To Orpheus: XIX 1/13/2003
106. The Sonnets To Orpheus: XXV 1/13/2003
107. The Spanish Dancer 1/3/2003
108. The Swan 1/13/2003
109. The Unicorn 1/3/2003
110. The Voices 1/13/2003
111. The Wait 1/13/2003
112. To Lou Andreas-Salome 1/13/2003
113. To Music 1/13/2003
114. To Say Before Going to Sleep 1/3/2003
115. Venetian Morning 1/13/2003
116. Water Lily 1/13/2003
117. What Birds Plunge Through Is Not The Intimate Space 1/13/2003
118. What Fields Are As Fragrant As Your Hands? 1/13/2003
119. What Survives 1/13/2003
120. Woman in Love 1/3/2003

from The Tenth Elegy

Ah, but the City of Pain: how strange its streets are:
the false silence of sound drowning sound,
and there--proud, brazen, effluence from the mold of emptiness--
the gilded hubbub, the bursting monument.
How an Angel would stamp out their market of solaces,
set up alongside their church bought to order:
clean and closed and woeful as a post office on Sunday.
Outside, though, there's always the billowing edge of the fair.
Swings of Freedom! High-divers and Jugglers of Zeal!

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