Before the Beginning

Thanks to dear Felicia, for sending this along from her friend, Rilke (I found a few other translations online, so I’ve combined them all into one; oh yeah and the italics are mine):

God speaks to each of us as we are made,
then walks with us silently out of the night.
These are the words, the numinous words,
we hear before we begin:

You, called forth by your senses
reach to the edge of your longing.
Become my body
flare up like a flame

And make big shadows I can move in
and cover me completely.

Let everything into you:
beauty and terror.
Keep going,

Remember no feeling is final.

Nearby is the land they call life,
you will know it by its intensity.

Don’t lose touch with me.
Give me your hand.

~Rainer Maria Rilke


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2 Responses to Before the Beginning

  1. Making Space says:

    HELP – I’M PAGING YOU ON ALL FRONTS! Please please check your yahoo email or FB messages. URGENT HELP NEEDED.

    Thank you!!

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