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|
|112.||To Lou Andreas-Salome||1/13/2003|
|114.||To Say Before Going to Sleep||1/3/2003|
|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|
|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!