"The real trick to life is not to be in the know, but to be in the mystery."
-Fred Alan Wolf

04 December 2011

Happy Birthday, Rilke.

Poet Rainer Maria Rilke was born on this date in 1875.

As once winged delight
lifted you o'er many a former abyss,
build now bridges not yet conceived,
a bold and calculated venture.

Wonder's not only in the unexplained
overcoming of danger; only in a clearly intended
achievement does wonder become wonderful.

To affect life's course cannot be presumed
when the process can't be described
and the pattern becomes continually more intricate,
only -- to be swept along is not enough.

Stretch your practiced powers
until they reach between two
contradictions ... For in humanity
God wills to be disclosed.

- Rainer Maria Rilke

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