I LOVE this Rilke poem…

7 Mar

I have loved it for a long time.  I go back to it often when things are hard and they seem like they may never be easy.  It comforts me….It has so many beautiful lines, but the one that stands out to remind me that something unpleasant will not last forever is this: No feeling is final.  So simple, yet I need to hear this now and then so I remember that, just because I feel a certain way in one moment doesn’t mean I will in the next.

I hope you love this poem, too…


God speaks to each of us as
he makes us,
then walks with us silently out of the night.

are words we dimly hear:

You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to
the limits of your longing.
Embody me.

Flare up like flame
make big shadows I can move in.

Let everything happen to you: beauty
and terror.
Just keep going.  No feeling is final.
Don’t let yourself
lose me.

Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by
its seriousnes.

Give me your hand.

If you feel like it, let me know your favorite line from the poem…


One Response to “I LOVE this Rilke poem…”

  1. Diane March 7, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    Just keep going. No feeling is final.

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