just this

You see, I want a lot,
Maybe I want it all:
the darkness of each endless fall,
the shimmering light of each ascent.

So many are alive who don’t seem to care.
Casual, easy, they move in the world
as though untouched.

But you take pleasure in the faces
of those who know they thirst.
You cherish those
who grip you for survival.

You are not dead yet, it’s not too late
to open your depths by plunging into them
and drink in the life
that reveals itself quietly there.

Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carolyn
    Oct 18, 2014 @ 13:27:54

    The plunge and free fall and far seeing that this poem encourages make the trip worth the effort.



  2. emmaatlast
    Oct 19, 2014 @ 00:15:59

    this poem says it all, Carolyn. and I can’t wait to go back.



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