Like a Fountain (Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke)

Like a Fountain (Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke)

Like a fountain Rainer Maria Rilke

Like a fountain

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 out 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.

Rainer Maria Rilke



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  1. Mary Beth Williams 4 years ago

    So beautiful and deeply inspiring 🌹. Thank you dear Polly!

  2. Barbara Foster 4 years ago

    I just posted a Rilke poem to my blog last night! I’m just in love with his writing.

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