Classic and Contemporary Poetry
BLUE HYDRANGEAS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE Poet's Biography
First Line: Like the last green in crucibles of dyes
Last Line: A touching blue rejoicing in the green.
Like the last green in crucibles of dyes,
these arid leaves are, rough and dull and old,
behind the clustered flowers, that do not hold
their blue, but catch a far blue, mirror-wise.
Vaguely reflected, all but wept away,
as though it might be lost if they should stir,
and as in time-worn pale blue note-paper
it melts to yellow, violet and grey;
washed out like a child's apron, short and sheer,
no longer worn, removed from jeopardy:
one feels how brief a little life is, here.
Yet in one cluster the soft blue is seen
renewed, and one beholds, all breathlessly,
a touching blue rejoicing in the green.
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