Reflections by Jerry Webber

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Beauty of You: A Rilke Poem

The Beauty of You
by Rainer Maria Rilke

In deep nights I dig for you like treasure.
For all I have seen
that clutters the surface of my world
is poor and paltry substitute
for the beauty of you
that has not happened yet . . .

[In A Year with Rilke, trans. and ed. by Joanna Macy and Anita Barrows (New York: HarperOne, 2009), 25. Originally in Rilke’s The Book of Hours II, 34.]

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