in search of summer

10 06 2010

When you are off track, wandering where the light is beautiful, the company charming, and life is vivid and rich in the moment, it’s hard to fold your wings and settle back into the path you were following.

I’d like to thank Mary from The Yellow Door Paperie for offering such a delightful, coaxing way back to writing here, in this space. Thank you for asking us to join your In Search of Summer series, which is now complete. A simple note, an invitation, and an easy open guide that dove-tailed with our wanderings.

Thank you for that grace. We’re back on track.

And here comes summer.


Whoever you are: step out of doors tonight,

Out of the room that lets you feel secure.

Infinity is open to your sight.

Whoever you are.

With eyes that have forgotten how to see

From viewing things already too well known,

Lift up into the dark a huge, black tree

And put it in the heavens: tall, alone.

And you have made the world and all you see.

It ripens like the words still in your mouth.

And when at last you comprehend its truth,

Then close your eyes and gently set it free.

-from The Book of Images by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Dana Gioia




4 responses

10 06 2010

great thoughts that will make the day better, thanks!

10 06 2010

you have NO idea how much i needed to read that rilke poem. really. i felt like a bucket of warm water was just poured over dry, cracked ground. this post is one of those synchronicity moments of just the right thing meeting just the right need. thank you………..

10 06 2010

I’m so glad it was nourishing for you. Hope your existential drought conditions have improved. I love most things Rilke. I read about someone recently who had a line from Rilke tattoo’ed on her arm! Loved that.

10 06 2010

really gorgeous. Thank you.

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