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Sonnets to Orpheus

Rainer Maria Rilke

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“Quiet friend who has come so far, feel how your breathing makes more space around you. Let this darkness be a bell tower and you the bell. As you ring, what batters you becomes your strength. Move back and forth into the change. What is it like, such intensity of pain? If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine. In this uncontainable night, be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses, the meaning discovered there. And if the world has ceased to hear you, say to the silent earth: I flow. To the rushing water, speak: I am. - Let This Darkness Be a Bell Tower”

“Want the change. Be inspired by the flame where everything shines as it disappears. The artist, when sketching, loves nothing so much as the curve of the body as it turns away. What locks itself in sameness has congealed. Is it safer to be gray and numb? What turns hard becomes rigid and is easily shattered. Pour yourself like a fountain. Flow into the knowledge that what you are seeking finishes often at the start, and, with ending, begins. Every happiness is the child of a separation it did not think it could survive. And Daphne, becoming a laurel, dares you to become the wind.- Sonnets To Orpheus, Part Two, XII”

“For among these winters there is one so endlessly winter that only by wintering through it will your heart survive.”

“Please don’t, above all, plant me in your heart. I grow too quick.”

“And if the world has ceased to hear you, say to the silent earth: I flow. To the rushing water, speak: I am.”

“when you go to bed, don't leave bread or milk on the table: it attracts the dead. [sonnet 6]”

“Only he whose bright lyre has sounded in shadows may, looking onward, restore his infinite praise. Only he who has eaten poppies with the dead will not lose ever again the gentlest chord. Though the image upon the pool often grows dim: Know and be still. Inside the Double World all voices become eternally mild.”

“Amid these fading and decaying things, be the glass that rings out as it's breaking.”

“In spite of all the farmer's work and worry, he can't reach down to where the seed is slowly transmuted into summer. The earth bestows.”

“Sonnets to Orpheus, Part One, XII Bless the spirit that makes connections, for truly we live in what we imagine. Clocks move along side our real life with steps that are ever the same. Though we do not know our exact location, we are held in place by what links us. Across trackless distances antennas sense each other. Pure attention, the essence of the powers! Distracted by each day's doing, how can we hear the signals? Even as the farmer labors there where the seed turns into summer, it is not his work. It is Earth who gives.”

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Book Keywords:

enlightenment, change, images, transcendence, knowledge, experience, mindfulness, duality, transformation, confrontation, life, eternity, renewal, faith, poetry, acceptance, shadow

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