Flare up like flame

October 25, 2011

God speaks to each of us as he makes us,
then walks with us silently out of the night.
These are the words we dimly hear:

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

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

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
You need to keep going. No feeling is final.
Don’t let yourself be separated from me.

Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousness.
Give me your hand.

-Rainer Maria Rilke, Bohemian-Austrian poet

Rewind the bad feelings

October 12, 2011

Those who hate most fervently must have once loved deeply; those who want to deny the world must have once embraced what they now set on fire.

– Kurt Tucholsky, German essayist