Classic and Contemporary Poetry
GLIMPSE OF A CHILDHOOD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE Poet's Biography
First Line: The darkness in the room is pregnant, seeming
Last Line: Move on the snow-white keys.
Subject(s): Children; Childhood
The darkness in the room is pregnant, seeming
To fold about the boy who hides himself;
And when his mother enters, as if dreaming,
A glass is trembling on the quiet shelf.
She feels that now her entrance is betrayed,
And kisses her small boy: "Oh, you are there!" ...
They glance at the piano where she played
On many evenings the beloved air
That strangely on the child its magic laid.
He sits quite still. With wondering eyes he sees
Her hand, weighed down beneath the ring, and slow,
As if it walked against a gale through snow,
Move on the snow-white keys.
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