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31 July 2011

the lunar now

But now let us cross over
and invest this world where
everything is lunar
Photo: Owhiro Bay, New Zealand
Text: Rainer Maria Rilke, 1909

2 comments:

ian said...

Vergiß, vergiß und laß uns jetzt nur dies
erleben, wie die Sterne durch geklärten
Nachthimmel dringen; wie der Mond die Gärten
voll übersteigt. Wir fühlten längst schon, wies
spiegelnder wird im Dunkeln; wie ein Schein
entsteht, ein weißer Schatten in dem Glanz
der Dunkelheit. Nun aber laß uns ganz
hinübertreten in die Welt hinein
die monden ist -

Forget, forget, and let us live now
only this, how the stars pierce through
cleared nocturnal sky; how the moon's whole disk
surmounts the gardens. We've sensed so long already
how the darkness breeds many mirrors: how a gleam
takes shape, a white shadow in the radiance
of night. But now let us cross over
and invest this world where
everything is lunar---

Rainer Maria Rilke, untitled, Paris, 1909
Die Welt die monden ist (Vergiß, vergiß)
http://www.rilke-projekt.de/das-rilke-projekt/rilke-1-bis-an-alle-sterne/


Circles in gravel
all that remains
of last night's dreams

Madeleine Marie Slavick said...

how I love Rilke, and construction sites, which this gravel circle approximates