on rilke, wikipedia states: "his haunting images focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable". i laughed when i read that. yes! that is exactly what he does. ineffable - incapable of being expressed or described in words. and yet - he does. whew.
several years ago a friend sent me a rilke quote after seeing one of my photographs. i finally found where the quote came from when i started flipping through hours.
i am circling around God, around the ancient tower,
and i have been circling for a thousand years,
and i still don't know if i am a falcon,
or a storm, or a great song.
but below is my favourite rilke thus far. i still can't fully believe that it's real. it's that good.
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.
flare up like flame
and 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 seriousness.
give Me your hand.
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