“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

Add yours Comments – 3

  • 3tesla

    on November 9, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Deep and cool. Thanks for sharing!

  • Tamikah

    on November 10, 2013 at 4:27 am

    “The darkness of each endless fall, the shimmering light of each ascent.”
    I’ve not seen anything like this before. I think, without sounding, you know, crazy or anything, that these words have summed up the eternal wants and needs and observations of my soul. How strange it is that I’ve finally found – in words, at least – some sort of confirmation, realization and understanding of the poetry, I suppose you could call it, that is the drama – the highs and lows, the love and loss – of life.
    Does that make sense? I don’t know.

  • EmGin

    on November 14, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I really enjoy Rilkes poems but it prefer them in the original language nevertheless I have to admit that the translation is not bad.