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Rilke, Rainer Maria    Poet's Biography
928 poems available by this author


...WHEN FROM THE MERCHANT'S HAND       
Last Line: Stills and soothes it with space's equanimity


...WHEN WILL, WHEN WILL, WHEN WILL IT BE ENOUGH       
Last Line: And we: listeners at last! The first human listeners


ABANDONED IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE HEART       
Last Line: Here, exposed on the mountains of the heart


ABOUT FOUNTAINS       
First Line: Suddenly I know a lot about fountains
Last Line: Passes over our scattered faces


AFTER A DAY OF WIND       
Last Line: A lovely bas-relief of clouds


AFTER SUCH LONG EXPERIENCE LET HOUSE       
Last Line: Out of the known figure


AGAIN AND AGAIN       
First Line: Again and again, even though we know love's landscape
Last Line: Among the flowers, facing opposite the sky


AGAIN AND AGAIN, NEVER MIND WE KNOW LOVE'S LANDSCAPE       
Last Line: Among the old trees, lie down again and again %among the flowers, against the sky


AGAIN, AGAIN!       
First Line: Again, again, even if we know the countryside of love
Last Line: Beneath the ancient trees, we lie down again, %again, among the flowers, and face the sky
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


AH MISERY, MY MOTHER TEARS ME DOWN       
Last Line: And christ comes and washes her each day


AH, ADRIFT IN THE AIR       
Last Line: And the belatedly open house %remains empty


AH, AS WE PRAYED FOR HUMAN HELP       
First Line: Ah, as we prayed for human help: angels soundlessly
Last Line: With single strides, climbed over %our prostrate hearts


AH, NOT BEING SUNDERED       
Last Line: From winds of hometurning


AH, NOT TO BE CUT OFF       
Last Line: With winds of homecoming


AH, NOT TO BE CUT OFF       
Subject(s): Religion


ALCESTIS       
First Line: Then the messenger was suddenly among them
Last Line: To keep him from witnessing anything beyond the %smile


ALL MY GOODBYES ARE SAID       
First Line: All my goodbyes are said. Many separations
Last Line: These absences that make us act


ALL MY GOODBYES ARE SAID. MANY SEPARATIONS       
Last Line: These absences that make us act


ALL OF YOU UNDISTURBED CITIES       
Last Line: He is the one who breaks down the walls, %and when he works,he works in silence
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


ALMOND TREES IN BLOOM       
First Line: The almond trees in bloom: the most we can achieve here is to know
Last Line: All lesser dangers, safe in the single great one


ALMOND TREES IN BLOSSOM: ALL WE CAN       
Last Line: Small danger, and would find peace in the greatest dange of all


ALMOST AS ON THE LAST DAY       
First Line: Almosts as on the last day the dead will tear themselves
Last Line: Stiff-living horror evolves, and branches in silence


ALONG THE SUN-DRENCHED ROADSIDE, ... FR. LAST POEMS       


ALSO TO AFFIRM EVEN RAPTURE       
Last Line: Like a thing


AND ALL NEVER-BELONGING BE YOURS       


AND ALMOST MAIDEN-LIKE WAS WHAT DREW NEAR       
Last Line: Sinking to where from me?...Almost a maid


AND ALMOST MAIDEN-LIKE WAS WHAT DREW NEAR       
Last Line: Sinking to where from me?...Almost a maid


AND IT WAS ALMOST A GIRL       
First Line: And it was almost a girl who stepping
Last Line: Where has she vanished to? A girl almost
Subject(s): Girls


AND THEN THAT GIRL THE ANGELS CAME TO VISIT       
Last Line: And she was like a slope with vines, heavily bearing
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


AND WHERE IS HE?       
First Line: And where is he, the clear one, whose tone rings to us
Last Line: The great evening star of poverty


ANGELS       
First Line: They all have mouths so tired, tired
Last Line: In the dark book of origins


ANGELS       
First Line: They all have tired mouths
Last Line: In the dark book of the beginning


ANNUNCIATION       
First Line: You are not nearer god than we
Last Line: You though are the tree


ANNUNCIATION       
First Line: It isn't just that an angel entered: realize
Last Line: Then the angel sang his song


ANNUNCIATION (WORDS OF THE ANGEL)       
First Line: You are not nearer god than we
Last Line: You, lady are the tree


ANNUNCIATION TO MARY       
First Line: The angel's entrance (you must realize)
Last Line: Then he sang out and made his tidings known


ANNUNCIATION TO THE SHEPHERDS       
First Line: Look up, friends. Men there by the fire
Last Line: Of her ecstasy, guiding you


ANNUNCIATION TO THE SHEPHERDS FROM ABOVE       
First Line: Look up, you men. Men at the fire there, you
Last Line: Thrown by her inwardness, which is your guide
Subject(s): Christmas


ANTICIPATE ALL FAREWELLS, AS WERE THEY BEHIND YOU       
Last Line: Count yourself joyfully in and destroy the account


ANTICIPATE ALL FAREWELLS, AS WERE THEY BEHIND YOU       
Last Line: Count yourself joyfully in and destroy the account


ANTISTROPHES       
First Line: Ah, women, that you are here on earth, that you
Last Line: For the swarms of the solitary man


APPREHENSION       
First Line: In the faded forest there is a bird call
Last Line: For which anyone would have to die %risen out of it


ARCHAIC TORSO OF APOLLO    Poem Text    
First Line: We cannot know his legendary head
Subject(s): Apollo; Mythology - Classical; Statues


ARCHAIC TORSO OF APOLLO       
First Line: We did not know his unfamiliar head
Last Line: Which does not see you. You must change your life
Subject(s): Apollo; Mythology - Classical; Statues


ARCHAIC TORSO OF APOLLO       
First Line: We cannot know his legendary head
Last Line: That does not see you. You must change your life
Subject(s): Apollo; Imagination; Men; Mythology - Classical; Statues; Vision


ARCHAIC TORSO OF APOLLO       
First Line: We never knew his head and all the light
Last Line: That does not see you. You must change your life
Subject(s): Apollo; Mythology - Classical; Statues


ARCHAIC TORSO OF APOLLO       
First Line: We never knew his stupendous head
Last Line: That doesn't see you. You must change your life


ARCHAIC TORSO OF APOLLO       
First Line: We never knew his extraordinary head
Last Line: But finds you out. You've got to change your life


ARCHAIC TORSO OF APOLLO       
First Line: We wouldn't recognize his strange face
Last Line: That you are not revealed. You must change your life


ARE NOT THE NIGHTS FASHIONED FROM THE SORROWFUL       
Last Line: Yourself like a spring, enclose yourself like a laurel


ARRIVAL       
First Line: Inside a rose your bed stands, beloved. You yourself
Last Line: Suddenly: face to face with you, I am born in the eye


AS LONG AS YOU CATCH SELF-THROWN THINGS       
Last Line: Would launch itelf and flame into its spaces


AS ONCE THE WINGED ENERGY OF DELIGHT       
Last Line: The god wishes to consult


AS ONCE THE WINGED ENERGY OF DELIGHT       
Subject(s): Religion


ASHANTI       
First Line: No vision of far-off countries
Last Line: And with their fierce instincts all alone


ASSAULT ME, MUSIC, WITH RHYTHMIC FURY!       
Last Line: She whose absence you parchingly endure


AUTUMN    Poem Text    
First Line: The leaves are falling, falling as though strewed
Last Line: In his great hands, tender ineffably.


AUTUMN       
First Line: Oh gazing's tall tree, shedding lead on leaf
Last Line: But a homesickness can't forget that tree


AUTUMN       
First Line: The leaves are falling, falling as if from far off
Last Line: With infinite softness in his hands


AUTUMN       
First Line: The autumn leaves are falling
Last Line: Carefully in his hand %everything falling forever
Variant Title(s): Herbs
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons


AUTUMN       
First Line: The leaves are falling, falling as from far
Last Line: With endless softness, endlessly to land


AUTUMN DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Lord: it is time
Last Line: All restless, as the drifting fall-leaves stray.


AUTUMN DAY       
First Line: Lord: it is time. The summer was immense
Last Line: The tree-lined streets, when the leaves are drifting


AUTUMN DAY       
First Line: Lord: it is time. The summer was immense
Last Line: Restlessly, while the leaves are blowing


AUTUMN DAY       
First Line: Lord, it was much, the summer: but it's time now
Last Line: And blowing leaves, down this street, that street, or another


AUTUMN DAY       
First Line: Lord, it is time. The summer was enormous
Last Line: Wander restless, while dead leaves are blown


AUTUMN EVENING       
First Line: Wind from the moon
Last Line: Into the flickering city


BANANA, ROUNDED APPLE, RUSSET PEAR       
Last Line: O experience, feeling, joy, - celestial


BANANA, ROUNDED APPLE, RUSSET PEAR       
Last Line: O experience, feeling, joy, - celestial


BAUDELAIRE       
First Line: The poet alone has made one the world
Last Line: And even annihilation turns to world


BE NOT AFRAID, GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Be not afraid, god. They say: mine
Last Line: And growing sweeter in its solitude.


BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY NEAR       
Last Line: Hesitated at the door


BEFORE A SUMMER RAIN       
First Line: At once from all the greenness in the park
Last Line: With all its lovely expectation and fear


BEFORE SUMMER RAIN       
First Line: All at once something
Last Line: Afternoons you feared would never end
Subject(s): Rain


BEFORE THE PASSION       
First Line: Oh, willing this, you should not have been born
Last Line: And you have suddenly turned nature round


BEFORE THE PASSION       
First Line: If this is what you wanted, you shouldn't
Last Line: Now all at once you alter nature's course


BEFORE THE SUMMER RAIN       
First Line: Abruptly, nobody knows what it is, something's
Last Line: You felt afraid in when you were a child


BEFORE YOU CAN COUNT TEN       
Last Line: The vast surface rests


BEGGAR'S SONG       
First Line: Always I go from gate to gate
Last Line: So they don't think I hadn't %a place to lay my head


BEHIND THE INNOCENT TREES       
Last Line: Nestled in the celstial motion, %a ghostly outline


BEHIND THE INNOCENT TREES       
Last Line: Nestled in the celestial motion, %a ghostly outline


BEING, AND CONFINEMENT       
Last Line: If you cannot be everything: no longer this


BEING-SILENT. WHO KEEPS INNERLY       
Last Line: Was the word to him made evident


BESIDE THE ROAD USED TO SUN       
First Line: Beside the road used to sun, in the
Last Line: Be it on the thrusting pressure of your breasts


BIRDCALLS BEGIN THEIR PRAISE       
Last Line: The beautiful silence that they break


BIRDS' VOICES ARE STARTING TO PRAISE       
Last Line: The beautiful silence they break


BIRTH OF CHRIST       
First Line: If you lacked simplicity, how then
Last Line: But (as you will see): joy comes of him


BIRTH OF CHRIST       
First Line: If you had lacked the simplicity, how
Last Line: But (you will see): he brings joy


BIRTH OF MARY       
First Line: O what it must have cost them, the hosts of heaven
Last Line: Of a dark cow. For things were never so strange


BIRTH OF MARY       
First Line: Oh what it must have cost the angels not to
Last Line: Of a dark cow...It was never like this before


BLACK CAT       
First Line: A ghost, though invisible, still is like a place
Last Line: Inside the golden amber of her eyeballs %suspended, like a prehistoric fly
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


BLACKNOSE SHARK       
First Line: When his family moved to the suburbs
Last Line: First one's a flat nose kike, he grinned


BLANK JOY       
First Line: She who did not come, wasn't she determined
Last Line: I preferred you among so many outlined joys


BLESSED       
First Line: The angels stand there, immense angels stand
Last Line: And blesses us even if we barely lift it


BLIND MAN'S SONG       
First Line: I am blind, you out there. That is a curse


BLIND WOMAN       
First Line: You aren't afraid to speak of it
Last Line: Doesn't find my eyes %I know


BLUE HYDRANGEAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Like the last green in crucibles of dyes
Last Line: A touching blue rejoicing in the green.


BLUE HYDRANGEAS       
First Line: These leaves are like the last vestige of green
Last Line: A touching blue delights itself in green


BODY WASHERS       
First Line: They had gotten used to him. But when
Last Line: Lay bare and cleanly there and issued laws


BODY'S CROSSROADS       
First Line: The body's crossroads: and yet the heavenly streets
Last Line: Are turned round and out into pure space


BOOK OF HOURS, SELS.       
First Line: I live my life in circles that grow wide
Subject(s): Immortality


BOOK OF THE MONK'S LIFE, SELS.       


BOWL OF ROSES       
First Line: Angry ones: you saw them flare up, saw two boys
Last Line: It now lies carefree in these open roses


BOWL OF ROSES       
First Line: Anger, you've seen it flare up, seen two boys


BOWL OF ROSES       
First Line: You saw angry ones flare, saw two boys
Last Line: Now it lies free of cares in the open roses
Subject(s): Flowers; Roses


BOY       
First Line: I'd like, above all, to be one of those
Last Line: We ride, and our great horses rush like rain


BREATHING, INVISIBLE POEM! THAT GREAT       
Last Line: Rondure and leaf of my phrases


BREATHING, INVISIBLE POEM! THAT GREAT       
Last Line: Rondure and leaf of my phrases


BRIDE       
First Line: Call to me, love, call to me loudly
Last Line: Into the gardens of %dark blue
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage


BRIDGE OF THE CAROUSEL       
First Line: The blind man, standing on the bridge, as grey
Last Line: The somber entrance to the underworld %amid a blindly passing breed of men


BROTHER BODY IS POOR       
First Line: Brother body is poor...: then we'll have to be rich for him
Last Line: Friendship is hard


BUDDHA IN GLORY       
First Line: Center of all centers, core of cores
Last Line: Will be, when all the stars are dead
Subject(s): Imagination; Religion; Vision


BUT IF YOU'D TRY THIS       
First Line: But if you'd try this: to be hand in my hand
Last Line: If you'd try this


BUT WHAT SHALL I OFFER YOU, MASTER, SAY       
Last Line: Unbrokenly through him. %his image: accept


BUT WHAT SHALL I OFFER YOU, MASTER, SAY,       
Last Line: Unbrokenly through him. %his image accept


BY THE SUN-ACCUSTOMED STREET       
First Line: By the sun-accustomed street, in the
Last Line: Be it on the rapture of your breasts


BY THE SUN-SURROUNDED ROAD,       
Last Line: Be it on the pressure of your breasts


CADET PICTURE OF MY FATHER       
First Line: There's absence in the eyes. The brow's in touch
Last Line: Oh quickly disappearing photograph %in my more slowly disappearing hand!


CALL ME TO YOUR LONELY MEETING-PLACES       
Last Line: Of a peril ripening unseen


CAT       
First Line: The show cat: a soul conferring
Last Line: Seem signed by magisterial misfortune


CHANGE THOUGH THE WORLD MAY AS FAST       
Last Line: Hallowing and hailing


CHANGE THOUGH THE WORLD MAY AS FAST       
Last Line: Hallowing and hailing


CHARLES THE TWELFTH OF SWEDEN RIDES IN THE UKRAINE       
First Line: Kings in legends are like
Last Line: And with the eyes of lovers


CHEERFUL GIFT FROM THE CHILLIER       
Last Line: And as they happily maintain %going is song


CHILD IN RED       
First Line: Sometimes she walks thrugh the village in her little red dress
Last Line: The little red dress will always seem right


CHILDHOOD       
First Line: The school's long stream of time and tediousness
Last Line: Oh, where, oh, where


CHILDHOOD       
First Line: School's long anxiety and time slips past
Last Line: To where? To where?


CHILDHOOD       
First Line: Time in school drags along with so much worry
Last Line: On childhood, what was us going away, %going where? Where?
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


CHILDHOOD [KINDHEIT]       
First Line: So ran the schoolday, full of time and stress


CHRIST'S DESCENT INTO HELL       
First Line: Finally suffered-out, his being exited the terrible
Last Line: Stood, no handhold, possessor of pains. Was silent


CHRIST'S DESCENT INTO HELL       
First Line: When it was too much, he passed out
Last Line: Stood there, without a railing, landlord of agony. %silent


CLOSING PIECE       
First Line: Death is great
Last Line: Immersed in us


CLOUDS       
First Line: These laborers of rain, these heavy clouds
Last Line: And closes herself on the unutterable


COME WHEN YOU SHOULD       
First Line: Come when you should. All this will have been
Last Line: That vioceless heartstream of things held dear


COME YOU, YOU LAST ONE, WHOM I AVOW       
Last Line: Do not mix into this what early enthralled


COME, YOU LAST THING       
First Line: Come, you last thing, which I acknowledge
Last Line: Don't mix those early marvels into this


CONFIRMED       
First Line: In white veils the confirmed enter
Last Line: And many windows opened up and shone


CORNET; MANNER OF LOVING & DYING OF CHRISTOPHER RILKE       
First Line: Riding, riding, riding, day and night in the saddle
Last Line: There he saw an old woman's tears
Subject(s): Death; Fire; Flags; Flowers; Friendship; Grief; Love; Melancholy; Mothers And Sons; Roses; Sex; Soldiers; Travel; War


DANCER: YOU TRANSMUTATION       
Last Line: Swiftly inscribed on the wall of your own swift turning


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: 6. FROM A STORMY NIGHT       
First Line: On nights like this all cities are alike
Last Line: And hold their hands before their faces


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: 8. FROM A STORMY NIGHT       
First Line: On nights like this my little sister grows
Last Line: She must be lovely now. Soon the suitors will call


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: AUTUMN       
First Line: The leaves fall, fall as if from far away
Last Line: Eternally in his hands' tenderness


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: AUTUMN DAY       
First Line: Lord, it is time. The summer was too long
Last Line: Restlessly wander when dead leaves are blown


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: END OF AUTUMN       
First Line: I have seen for some time now
Last Line: Of the sky lies heavily


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: EVENING       
First Line: Slowly now the evening changes his garments
Last Line: Is changed in you by turns to stone and stars


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: FROM A CHILDHOOD       
First Line: The darkness was a richness in the room
Last Line: Heavily through deep drifts of snow


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: INITIATION       
First Line: Whoever you are, go out into the evening
Last Line: Then tenderly your eyes will let it go...


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: LAMENT       
First Line: Oh, everything is far
Last Line: In the sky at the end of the beam of light


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: MADNESS       
First Line: She must ever brood: I am...I am...
Last Line: Yes, dance in a city street!


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: MEMORY       
First Line: And you wait, awaiting the one
Last Line: Of anguish and vision and prayer


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: SOLEMN HOUR       
First Line: Who weeps now anywhere in the world
Last Line: Looks at me


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: SOLITUDE       
First Line: Solitude is like a rain
Last Line: Then solitude flows onward with the rivers


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: STROPHES       
First Line: There is one who takes all within his hand
Last Line: Though I have heard much evil of him spoken


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: THE ANGELS       
First Line: They all have weary mouths
Last Line: The leaves of the dark book of the beginning


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: THE KNIGHT       
First Line: The knight rides forth in sable mail
Last Line: And sing %and play?


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: THE NEIGHBOR       
First Line: Strange violin, are you following me?
Last Line: Than the heaviness of all things?


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: THE SOLITARY       
First Line: As one who has sailed across an unknown sea
Last Line: But here they hold their breath, as if for shame


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: THE SONG OF THE WAIF       
First Line: I am nobody and always will be
Last Line: He doesn't love anything now


DAVID       
First Line: Oh that the king might once more command me
Last Line: That which he commanded


DAVID SINGS FOR SAUL       
First Line: King, do you hear how my strings
Last Line: We'd almost make one circling star


DEATH       
First Line: Here stands death, a bluish decoction
Last Line: Not to forget you. To stand
Subject(s): Death


DEATH       
First Line: And here stands death, a bluish distillate
Last Line: Never to forget you. To stand


DEATH       
First Line: There death stands, a bluish residue
Last Line: Never to forget you. To stay standing


DEATH       
First Line: Death stands there, a bluish concoction
Last Line: Not to forget this. To last!


DEATH IS GREAT       


DEATH OF MARY       
First Line: The identical angel, the great one who
Last Line: Friend, kneel here. Look after me when I go, and %sing


DEATH OF MOSES       
First Line: None of them, only the dark, fallen angel
Last Line: A re-created one, among the mountains of the earth, %indisti


DEATH OF MOSES       
First Line: None of them were willing, just the dark
Last Line: Earth, %hidden to us


DEATH OF THE BELOVED       
First Line: He knew death only from what all men say
Subject(s): Immortality


DEATH OF THE POET       
First Line: He lay. His propped-up countenance severe
Subject(s): Death


DEATH-EXPERIENCE       
First Line: We don't know anything about this passing on--it
Last Line: We play life true, not thinking of applause


DIVINE DISGRACE       
First Line: Too unfaithful mouth, my blunt will
Last Line: But no more iron forged between us


DO YOU ALSO PONDER THAT WE ARE ALL       
Last Line: We gamecup, into which the ball falls


DO YOU STILL REMEMBER       
First Line: Do you still remember: falling stars, how
Last Line: And was whole, as though it would survive them


DOES HE BELONG HERE? NO, HIS SPREADING       
Last Line: Glorifying pitchers or bracelets or rings


DOES HE BELONG HERE? NO, HIS SPREADING       
Last Line: Glorifying pitchers or bracelets or rings


DOES IT EXIST, THOUGH, TIME THE DESTROYER       
Last Line: Powers a celestial need
Subject(s): Troy


DOG       
First Line: Up there's the image of a world which glances
Last Line: And yet renouncing: for he wouldn't be


DOLL. TEMPTATION!       
Last Line: The loaded doll, which falls into the chasm


DON JUAN'S CHILDHOOD       
First Line: In his slenderness, already almost the decisive factor
Last Line: Which admired him and moved him


DOVE THAT VENTURED OUTSIDE       
Subject(s): Religion


DUINO ELEGIES: 1       
First Line: Who, if I shouted, among the hierarchy of angels
Last Line: That vibration which now enraptures, consoles and helps us?


DUINO ELEGIES: 1       
First Line: Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels'
Last Line: That harmony which now enraptures and comforts and helps us
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


DUINO ELEGIES: 1       
First Line: If I did cry out, who would hear me through the angel
Last Line: Began those vibrations that now charm us and comfort %and help


DUINO ELEGIES: 10       
First Line: That someday at the close of this grim vision
Last Line: When a joyous thing falls


DUINO ELEGIES: 10       
First Line: Someday, emerging at last from the violent insight
Last Line: Whenever a happy thing falls
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


DUINO ELEGIES: 10.       
First Line: May I some day, at the exit of grim understanding
Last Line: When a happy thing falls


DUINO ELEGIES: 2       
First Line: Every angel is terrible. And yet, alas
Last Line: Wherein it tempers itself more loftily


DUINO ELEGIES: 2       
First Line: Every angel is terrifying. But, alas
Last Line: Follow it in images that soothe it or in godlike bodies %where it achieves an even greater restraint


DUINO ELEGIES: 2       
First Line: Every angel is terrifying. And yet, alas
Last Line: Where, measured more greatly, it achieves a greater repose
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


DUINO ELEGIES: 2       
First Line: Every angel is terrible. Still though, alas!


DUINO ELEGIES: 3       
First Line: It is one thing to sing the beloved. Another, alas
Last Line: The preponderance of the nights...Restrain him


DUINO ELEGIES: 3       
First Line: It's one thing to sing about someone you love. But another thing
Last Line: Lead him toward the garden, give him the night's %superabundance. %hold him back...


DUINO ELEGIES: 3       
First Line: It is one thing to sing the beloved
Last Line: The heaviest night - %restrain him


DUINO ELEGIES: 4       
First Line: O trees of life, oh, when winterly?
Last Line: Is past description


DUINO ELEGIES: 4       
First Line: O trees of life, what are your signs of winter
Last Line: So gently and so free from all resentment, %transcends description


DUINO ELEGIES: 4       
First Line: O trees of life, o when's winter's sleep?
Last Line: All of death, so gently even before you've lived %and not get angry, %that's beyond all description


DUINO ELEGIES: 4       
First Line: O trees of life, when does your winter come
Last Line: Gently, and not refuse to go on living, %is inexpressible


DUINO ELEGIES: 5       
First Line: But tell me. Who are these vagrants, these even a little
Last Line: On the assuaged carpet?


DUINO ELEGIES: 5       
First Line: But tell me, who are they, these travellers, even a little
Last Line: Truthfully smiling pair on the quietened carpet


DUINO ELEGIES: 5       
First Line: But tell me, who are they, these itinerant acrobats, a little
Last Line: Whose smile finally became genuine out %on the motionless carpet?
Subject(s): Acrobats And Acrobatism


DUINO ELEGIES: 5       
First Line: Yet who are they, tell me, the travellers, these a bit


DUINO ELEGIES: 5       
First Line: But tell me, who are they, these wanderers, even more
Last Line: Genuinely smiling pair on the gratified carpet


DUINO ELEGIES: 6       
First Line: Fig tree, for ever so long it's meant much to me
Last Line: Already turning, he stood at the end of smiles, another


DUINO ELEGIES: 6       
First Line: Fig tree, how long it's been full meaning for me
Last Line: Turning away, he's stand at the end of the smiles, another


DUINO ELEGIES: 6       
First Line: Fig tree, how long it's had meaning for me
Last Line: Already turned away, he stood at the end of the smiles %transformed


DUINO ELEGIES: 6       
First Line: Fig-tree, for such a long time I have found meaning
Last Line: At the end of all smiles, %-- transfigured
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


DUINO ELEGIES: 7       
First Line: Wooing no more, not wooing , but the voice sprung from it
Last Line: You unseizable one, wide open


DUINO ELEGIES: 7       
First Line: Don't let wooing be the nature of your cry anymore
Last Line: Incomprehensible being, spread wide open


DUINO ELEGIES: 7       
First Line: Not wooing, no longer shall wooing, voice that has outgrown
Last Line: And warning, inapprehensible
Subject(s): Longing; Religion


DUINO ELEGIES: 7       
First Line: Not wooing, no longer shall wooing
Last Line: Ungraspable one, far above


DUINO ELEGIES: 8       
First Line: With full gaze the animal sees the open
Last Line: Forever saying farewell


DUINO ELEGIES: 8       
First Line: With all its eyes the creature-world beholds
Last Line: We live our lives, for ever taking leave


DUINO ELEGIES: 8       
First Line: With all their eyes, all creatures see
Last Line: We live that way forever saying goodbye


DUINO ELEGIES: 8       
First Line: With all its eyes the animal looks out into
Last Line: So we live and are forever taking our leave


DUINO ELEGIES: 8       
First Line: All other creatures look into the open
Subject(s): Animals


DUINO ELEGIES: 8       
First Line: With all its eyes the natural world looks out
Last Line: So we live here, forever taking leave


DUINO ELEGIES: 9       
First Line: Why, if it's possible to spend this span
Last Line: Is welling up in my heart


DUINO ELEGIES: 9       
First Line: Why, when this span of life might be fleeted away
Last Line: Supernumerous existence %wells up in my heart


DUINO ELEGIES: 9       
First Line: Why, if it's possible to spend the term of existence
Last Line: Diminishes...Overflowing being %springs up in my heart


DUINO ELEGIES: 9       
First Line: Why, if this interval of being can be spent serenely
Last Line: Grows any smaller -- superabundant %being wells up in my heart
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


EARLIER, HOW OFTEN, WE'D REMAIN       
First Line: Earlier, how often, we'd remain, star in star
Last Line: And the night, how it granted us %the wide-awake accord


EARLY APOLLO       
First Line: As framing boughs, still leafless, can exhibit
Last Line: Its singing were being gradually infused


EARLY SPRING       
First Line: Harshness disappeared. Suddenly caring spreads itself
Last Line: Visage in the empty tree


EARLY SPRING       
First Line: Harshness gone. And sudden mitigation
Last Line: Unexpectedly you find it, welling %upwards in the empty tree
Subject(s): Nature


EIGHTH ELEGY       
First Line: With all its eyes the creature
Last Line: So we live, forever taking our leave


EIGHTH ELEGY       
First Line: It is with all its eyes that the creature sees
Last Line: That way we live, forever taking leave


ELEGY       
First Line: O the losses into the all, marina, the falling stars
Last Line: Our own solitary course over the sleepless landscape


END OF AUTUMN       
First Line: I have seen for some time
Last Line: Relentlessly denying sky


ENTRANCE       
First Line: Whoever you are: in the evening step out
Last Line: Tenderly your eyes let it go


ENTRANCE       
First Line: Whoever you are: step out of doors tonight
Last Line: Then close your eyes and gently set it free


EVA       
First Line: Simply she stands, by the cathedral portal


EVE       
First Line: On the immense rise of the cathedral


EVENING       
First Line: Slowly he evening puts on the garments
Last Line: Grows alternately stone in you and star


EVENING IN SKANE       
First Line: The park is high. And as out of a house
Last Line: Distance as perhaps only birds know


EVENING LOVE SONG       
First Line: Orfnamental clouds
Last Line: With these black horizontals


EVENING STAR       
First Line: One star in the dark pass of the houses


EVERYTHING IS PLAY, AND YET PLAYS       


EXPERIENCE OF DEATH       
First Line: We have no clues to this departed state


EXPERIENCE OF DEATH       
First Line: We cannot grasp this one departure that
Last Line: Perform real life, not caring who applauds


EXPOSED ON THE CLIFFS OF THE HEART. LOOK, HOW TINY ...       
Last Line: Without a shelter, here on the cliffs of the heart
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


FADED       
First Line: She carries her handkerchief, her gloves


FIFTH ELEGY       
First Line: But who are they, tell me these itinerants, more
Last Line: Truly smiling pair on the quietened %carpet?


FIRE'S REFLECTION       
First Line: Perhaps it's no more than the fire's reflection
Last Line: By an overflowing heart


FIRST ELEGY       
First Line: Who, if I screamed out, would hear me among the hierarchies
Last Line: The vibration that now enraptures, consoles, and helps us


FLAMINGOS       
First Line: With all the subtle paints of fragonard
Last Line: Stride into their imaginary world
Subject(s): Birds


FLAMINGOS       
First Line: In these fragonard-like mirrorings
Last Line: And stride off one by one into the imaginary


FLAMINGOS; JARDIN DE PLANTES, PARIS       
First Line: With all the subtle paints of fragonard
Last Line: But they stretch out, astonished, and one by one %stride into their imaginary world
Subject(s): Flamingos; Paris, France


FLOWERS, WHOSE KINSHIP WITH ORDERING HANDS       
Last Line: You to them once more, who blend with you %in their bloom


FLOWERS, WHOSE KINSHIP WITH ORDERING HANDS WE ARE ABLE       
Last Line: You to them once more, who blend with you %in their bloom


FOR A FRIEND       
First Line: I have my dead, and I would let them go
Last Line: As the most distant sometimes helps: in me
Variant Title(s): Requie
Subject(s): Mourning


FOR COUNT KARL LANCKORONSKI       
First Line: No intellect, no ardour is redundant
Last Line: The rhythm of some stoniness within


FOR HANS CAROSSA       
First Line: Losing also is ours; and even forgetting
Last Line: Of these circles: they trace around us the unbroken figure


FOR HANS CAROSSA       
First Line: Losing too is still ours; and even forgetting


FOR LORD, THE CROWDED CITIES BE       


FOR MAX PICARD       
First Line: And so we stand with mirrors
Last Line: Only for this. But this repays


FOR THE SAKE OF A SINGLE POEM       
First Line: Ah, poems amount to so little when you write them too early in your life
Last Line: Some very rare hour the first word of a poem arises in their midst and goes forth from them
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


FORCE OF GRAVITY       
First Line: Center, how you draw yourself out
Last Line: Abundant rain of force


FORGET, FORGET       
First Line: Forget, forget, and let us live now
Last Line: And invest this world where %everything is lunar


FOUNTAIN       
First Line: I want just one lesson, and it's yours
Last Line: Return passes through your liquid leaping


FOURTH ELEGY       
First Line: O trees of life, when does your winter come?
Last Line: This is beyond description


FRAGMENT OF A RESURRECTION       
First Line: With a blast of its trumpet the angel
Last Line: Which stand above, ranked according to the %great ones


FRAGMENTS FROM LOST DAYS       
First Line: Like birds that get used to walking
Last Line: In which all things change


FROM A CHILDHOOD       
First Line: The dark grew ripe like treasure in the room
Last Line: And over the white keys went


FROM A CHILDHOOD       
First Line: The darkening was like treasures in the room
Last Line: Traveled over the white keys


FROM A CHILDHOOD       
First Line: The darkening was like riches in the room
Last Line: As it were heavily in snowdrifts going, %over the white keys went
Subject(s): Children; Time


FROM A CHILDHOOD       
First Line: The darkening was like riches in the room
Last Line: It went over the white keys


FROM A STORMY NIGHT: 1       
First Line: Nights like these, you can meet in the streets
Last Line: Of fishes and the diving of hawsers


FROM A STORMY NIGHT: 2       
First Line: Nights like these, the prison doors swing open
Last Line: Hung with their long punishments %woods


FROM A STORMY NIGHT: 3       
First Line: Nights like these, there is suddenly
Last Line: Which plays as he fades


FROM A STORMY NIGHT: 4       
First Line: Nights like these, as in days long past
Last Line: By blind tortoises, which begin to stir


FROM A STORMY NIGHT: 5       
First Line: Nights like these, the unhealable know
Last Line: And: so he will celebrate that %he feels


FROM A STORMY NIGHT: 6       
First Line: Nights like these, all the cities are the same
Last Line: And hold their hands in front of their faces


FROM A STORMY NIGHT: 7       
First Line: Nights like these, the dying see clearly
Last Line: Which they have gathered throughout years %that are gone


FROM A STORMY NIGHT: 8       
First Line: Nights like these, my little sister grows
Last Line: She must be beautiful by now. Soon someone %will wed her


FROM A STORMY NIGHT: TITLE LEAF       
First Line: The night, stirred by burgeoning storms
Last Line: For thousands of years


FROM AN APRIL       
First Line: Again the woods smell sweet
Last Line: Into the brushwood's glimmering buds


FROM CHILDHOOD       
First Line: The darkness in the room was like enormous riches
Last Line: As if plowing through deep drifts of snow
Subject(s): Men; Mothers


FROM FATHER TO SON       
First Line: Reject the complicated life
Last Line: From father to son and from son to father
Subject(s): Fathers And Sons


FROM OUT OF A STORMY NIGHT       
First Line: On nights like this, as many days gone by
Last Line: By blind turtles, that stir themselves and shake
Subject(s): Night


FROM THE BACK OF THE ROOM       
First Line: From the back of the room, the bed, only a pallor spread
Last Line: Where their flight flashing in soft arcs parades a return of gentleness


FROM THE CYCLE: NIGHTS       
First Line: Night. Oh you in depths dissolving
Last Line: Earth, I dare in you to be


FROM THE POEMS OF COUNT C.W.       
First Line: Karnak. We'd ridden, dinner quickly done with
Last Line: Yet who but gives the price gives up the prize


FROM THE SONNETS TO ORPHEUS, PART ONE: 1       
First Line: There rose a tree. O pure uprising!
Last Line: You built a temple in the precincts of their hearing


FROM THE SONNETS TO ORPHEUS, PART ONE: 2       
First Line: It was nearly a girl who went forth
Last Line: From me -- where does she fade to? Still nearly a girl...


FROM THE SONNETS TO ORPHEUS, PART ONE: 3       
First Line: Erect no memorial stone. Let the rose
Last Line: And he obeys while breaking all the bans


FROM TIME TO TIME       
Last Line: And raised up and destroyed from far away


FRUIT       
First Line: It climbed and climbed from earth invisibly
Last Line: Back to the centre it outgrew


FULL POWER       
First Line: Ah, could we escape counters and strikers of hours
Last Line: Animal steps into the mortal blow


FURROW IN MY BRAIN       
Last Line: Over you and them


FUTURE       
First Line: The future: time's excuse
Last Line: The absence that we are


GARDEN, BY APPROACHING RAINS       
First Line: Gardens, by approaching rains almost tenderly darkened
Last Line: Even in the lightest things we waken counterweight


GAZELLE; GAZELLA DORCAS       
First Line: Enchanted thing: how can two chosen words
Last Line: A girl hears leaves rustle, and turns to look: %the forest pool reflected in her face
Subject(s): Gazelles


GIRL'S MELANCHOLY       
First Line: A young knight comes to mind
Last Line: On a favorite book


GIRLS       
First Line: Others must travel long paths
Last Line: Like foresight, that many look on you


GIVE ME, OH EARTH, PURE UNMINGLING       
Last Line: All being suits itself


GLIMPSE OF A CHILDHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: The darkness in the room is pregnant, seeming
Last Line: Move on the snow-white keys.
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


GLORY OF BUDDHA       
First Line: Center of all centers, pit of all pits
Last Line: That which will outlive these suns


GOD CAN DO IT. BUT CAN A MAN EXPECT       
Last Line: An aimless breath. A stirring in the god. A breeze


GOD IN THE MIDDLE AGES       
First Line: And they confined him at attention
Last Line: And fled the face of ciphers glaring down


GOD IN THE MIDDLE AGES       
First Line: And they'd stored him up inside themselves
Last Line: And fled before his face


GOD WON'T BE LIVED LIKE SOME LIGHT MORNING       
Last Line: Stand hunched and pry him loose in tunnels


GODS PERHAPS ARE STILL STRIDING ALONG       
Last Line: Suddenly adheres itself %to its erected forms


GOING BLIND       
First Line: She sat just like the rest at tea that day
Last Line: She would no longer walk: for she would soar
Subject(s): Blindness


GOING BLIND       
First Line: She sat just like the other ones at tea
Subject(s): Blindness


GOING BLIND       
First Line: She sat at tea just like the others. First
Last Line: Might not be walking any more, but flying


GOING BLIND       
First Line: She sat much like the others at tea
Last Line: She would no longer walk, but fly


GOLD DWELLS SOMEWHERE AT EASE IN THE PAMPERING BANK       
Last Line: Only a god could hear


GOLDSMITH       
First Line: Slowly! Patience! I remind the wings


GONG       
First Line: No more for ears - tone
Last Line: Our treason toward all - gong!


GONG [II]       
First Line: No longer for ears...: sound
Last Line: Our treason -- to everything...: gong


GONG [I]       
First Line: Sound, no longer measurable
Last Line: Were space maturing


GRAVITY       
First Line: Center, how you from all things living
Last Line: As from a cloud suspended, %gravity's ample rain


GRAY LOVE-SNAKES       
First Line: Gray love-snakes I have startled
Last Line: They lie on me now and digest %lumps of lust


GREAT NIGHT       
First Line: Often I stare at you, stand at a window begun yesterday
Last Line: Shed a smile and entered me


GREAT NIGHT       
First Line: Often I stared at you, stood at the window begun yesterday
Last Line: Passed over me. Your smile, spanning vast %solemnities, ent


GREEK LOVE-TALK       
First Line: What I, as one loved, already early learned
Last Line: And their own pleasure superintend


GROWING BLIND    Poem Text    
First Line: She sat, like all the rest of us, at tea
Last Line: She would no longer walk her way, but fly.
Subject(s): Blindness; Visually Handicapped


GROWING OLD       
First Line: In some summers there is so much fruit
Last Line: As uselessly as the power of millennia


GROWNUP       
First Line: All this stood on her and was the world
Last Line: In thee, thou once a child, in thee
Subject(s): Change; Children; Growth; Women


GUARDIAN ANGEL       
First Line: You are the bird whose wings came
Last Line: Do I need to ask


GUEST       
First Line: Who is the guest? I was in your circle
Last Line: Equally distant from known and unknown


HAIKU       
First Line: Little moths stagger quivering out of the hedge
Last Line: They will die this evening and will never realize %that it wasn't spring


HAIL THE SPIRIT ABLE TO UNITE!       
Last Line: Into summer? Does not earth bestow


HAIL, THE SPIRIT ABLE TO UNITE       
Last Line: Into summer? Does not earth bestow


HAIL, THE SPIRIT ABLE TO UNITE!       
Last Line: Into summer? Does not earth bestow


HAND       
First Line: See the little titmouse
Last Line: Still has death enough %and held money


HAND       
First Line: Look at the tiny bird
Last Line: There is still death enough %and was money


HARK, THE EARLIEST HARROWS STRIVING       
Last Line: Hours grow more eternally young


HARK, THE EARLIEST HARROWS STRIVING       
Last Line: Hours grow more eternally young


HAWTHORNE       
First Line: The hawthorne there: who would guess
Last Line: You who had to have them in your room -- %so many flowers


HE BOY       
First Line: I want to become like one of those
Last Line: And our horses sweep down like rain


HEAD OF AMENOPHIS IV IN BERLIN       
First Line: As young meadows, flowerfilled, through
Last Line: Sensual separation of its nosstrils.) (provisional)


HEART'S SWING       
First Line: Heart's swing. O so securely fastened
Last Line: Of the rounding, ever-reversing strength


HER SMILE HAD BECOME       
Last Line: Inside the chosen case


HERBSTTAG       
First Line: Now is the right time, lord. Summer is over
Last Line: In the late streets, while the leaves stray down


HOW IT THRILLS US, THE BIRD'S CLEAR CRY       
Last Line: May bear on its waters the head and the lyre


HOW IT THRILLS US, THE BIRD'S CLEAR CRY...       
Last Line: May bear on its waters the head and the lyre


HOW SHOULD SUCH A BOOK       
Last Line: And mysterious glow which doesn't die


HUMAN BEINGS AT NIGHT       
First Line: The nights are not made for the masses
Last Line: And mean: anybody


I AM, O ANXIOUS ONE. DON'T YOU HEAR MY VOICE       
Last Line: And turn myself into a star's vast silence %above the strange and distant city, time
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


I FIND YOU IN ALL THESE THINGS OF THE WORLD       
Last Line: And in the treetops like a rising from the dead


I HAVE MANY BROTHERS IN THE SOUTH       
Last Line: Near the ground, and just wave a little in the wind


I LIVE MY LIFE       
First Line: I live my life in growing orbits
Last Line: Or a great song
Subject(s): Men


I WANT TO SPEAK UP, NO MORE THE WORRIED       
Last Line: And may the spirit, who takes it from my mouth, %turn it to good use for the eternal


I WAS A CHILD       


I'M NOT SURE YET WHEN       
First Line: I'm not sure yet when
Last Line: Is already talking with the earth


I, 19       
First Line: Though the world changes quickly
Last Line: Over the land song alone %hallows and celebrates


I, 2       
First Line: And almost a girl it was who went forth
Last Line: Where does she sink to out of me?...A girl almost


I, 3       
First Line: A god can do it. But tell me how a man
Last Line: A breath about nothing. A blowing in the god. A wind


I, 5       
First Line: Erect no memorial. Just let the rose
Last Line: And he obeys, in that he oversteps


I, KNOWER       
First Line: I knower: possessing the secrets
Last Line: Outward-resolved, as if breaking off with me


IDOL       
First Line: God or goddess of the sleep of cats
Last Line: Into its inwardly receding might


IF YOU'D ATTEMPT THIS, HOWEVER: HAND IN HAND TO BE MINE       
Last Line: If you'd attempt this


II, 13       
First Line: Be ahead of all parting, as if it were behind
Last Line: Add yourself, exulting, and strike the count


IMAGINARY CAREER       
First Line: First a childhood, boundless and without
Last Line: Then god plunged out of his hiding place


IMPROVISATIONS OF THE CAPRISIAN WINTER       
First Line: Every day you stand there towering in the heart's
Last Line: House what remains of the inconceivable, %as if it were ours


IN IGNORANCE BEFORE THE HEAVENS OF MY LIFE       
Last Line: And not in apparent protection, pacified by what's %near


IN THE CERTOSA       
First Line: Each member of the white brotherhood
Last Line: For his flowers all bloom red


IN THE SUN-ACCUSTOMED LANE       
Last Line: Shoulders, %or the pressure of your breasts


IN THIS TOWN       
First Line: In this town the last house stands
Last Line: And many perhaps die on the road


INITIAL       
First Line: Out of infinite desires rise
Last Line: They conme forth in these dancing tears


INITIAL       
First Line: Let your beauty manifest itself
Last Line: Comes at long last over everyone


INSANE       
First Line: And they are silent


INTERIOR PORTRAIT       
First Line: You don't survive in me
Last Line: To lose you a little less


ISLAND       
First Line: The tide will blur what path there was, so as


ISLAND       
First Line: The next high tide will wash away the mud flats'
Last Line: Of the planets, suns, and galaxies


JOSEPH'S SUSPICION       
First Line: And the angel, striving to explain
Last Line: Heavy cap came off. Then he sang praise


JOSEPH'S SUSPICION       
First Line: And the angel, taking some pains, told
Subject(s): Christmas


JOSEPH'S SUSPICION       
First Line: The angel spoke and tried to hold
Last Line: Cap slowly off. And then sang praise


JOSEPH'S SUSPICION       
First Line: The angel spoke and went to great trouble
Last Line: Pushed off his cap. And sang in praise


JUDITH'S RETURN       
First Line: Sleepers, the damp on my feet is still black, indistinct. Dew they
Last Line: That will call, birdcall, before the locked-in city of fear


JUST AS THE WINGED ENERGY OF DELIGHT       
Last Line: Is where god learns
Subject(s): Men


KING       
First Line: The king's sixteen years old
Last Line: He's simply counting to seventy, slowly, %before he signs


KNIGHT       
First Line: Rides in black steel the knight away
Last Line: Then I ast last may stretch and sing %and play
Subject(s): Death; Grail; Knights And Knighthood; Peace


LACE       
First Line: Being human: term for a flickering possession
Last Line: Soon %to smile and soar


LACHRYMATORY       
First Line: Others carry the wine, others carry the oil
Last Line: Made me brittle finally and made me empty


LADY AT THE MIRROR       
First Line: Softly, she dissolves her tired comportment
Last Line: Reflects the lights again, the dresser bureau, %and a sudden late hour's sorrow


LADY BEFORE THE MIRROR       
First Line: At the mirror's surface she'll begin
Last Line: And a late hour's undissolving lees


LADY ON A BALCONY       
First Line: Clothed with the wind, light in the light


LAMENT       
First Line: How far off all things seem
Last Line: Stands at the end of the ray in the sky


LAMENT       
First Line: How everything is far away
Last Line: Stands at its light's end in the sky


LAMENT       
First Line: To whom, heart, would you lament? Ever more avoided
Last Line: By angels, themselves invisible


LAMENT       
First Line: Aathing faur gone
Last Line: Stauns at the end of that beam in the heivens
Subject(s): Scottish Translations


LAMENT       
First Line: All is far %and long gone by
Last Line: Stands like a white city
Subject(s): Despair; Grief; Lament; Solitude


LANDSCAPE STOPPED HALFWAY       
Last Line: Warm, like bread


LAST ENTRY       
First Line: Come, you last of those I will see
Last Line: Don't confuse that first astonishment with this


LAST EVENING       
First Line: And night and distant travel; for the train
Subject(s): War


LAST EVENING       
First Line: Night and the distant rumbling: for the train
Last Line: Stood the black shako with the white death's - head
Subject(s): War


LAST JUDGMENT       
First Line: They will all as if out of a bath
Last Line: Such is their belief: great and without grace


LAST JUDGMENT       
First Line: Shocked as they were never shocked before
Last Line: Gently, to see if it's worth anything


LAST OF HIS LINE       
First Line: I have no paternal house
Last Line: It is as if set down %upon a wave


LAST SUPPER       
First Line: Amazed, bewildered, they are gathered round him
Last Line: Like the still twilight hour, is everywhere


LAST SUPPER       
First Line: They are assembled -- astonished, panicked
Last Line: Like a twilight hour, is everywhere


LAST SUPPER       
First Line: Astonished and upset, they are gathered
Subject(s): Last Supper, The


LAST SUPPER       
First Line: They are gathered, astounded and disturbed
Subject(s): Holidays; Last Supper, The


LEAVING THIRTIETH STREET STATION, PHILADELPHIA       
First Line: That an american bald eagle driven by its parents


LEDA       
First Line: When he entered him, the god in his need
Last Line: Then he first wore his plumage like a crown %and came to be truly swan in her womb


LEDA       
First Line: When the god needing something, decided to become
Last Line: And lying in her soft place he became a swan
Subject(s): Men


LEDA       
First Line: When the god in his need stepped across into it
Last Line: And became really a swan in her lap


LEDA       
First Line: When in his need the god surprised the swan
Last Line: The god became a real swan in her lap


LET'S STAY BY THE LAMP AND SAY LITTLE       
Last Line: Before power starts to stir


LIKE THE PIGTAILS OF QUICKLY GROWN-UP GIRLS       
Last Line: She arouses over all the rest


LONG AGO YOU MUST SUFFER       
First Line: Long ago you must suffer, knowing not what
Last Line: Will ever talk you out of it


LONG YOU MUST SUFFER       
First Line: Long you must suffer, not knowing what
Last Line: And then you already almost love what you savor. No one %will talk it out of you again


LOOKING UP FROM MY BOOK       
First Line: Looking up from my book, from the close countable lines
Last Line: World in excess and earth sufficient


LORD'S WORDS TO JOHN ON PATMOS       
First Line: Behold: (for no tree shall distract you)
Last Line: What perishes takes place there first


LOSS TOO IS OURS       
Last Line: Of one of the circles: they describe all around us %the holy form


LOVE SONG       
First Line: How could I keep my soul so that it might
Last Line: Sweet is the song


LOVE SONG       
First Line: How might I keep my soul from touching yours?
Last Line: How sweet the song!
Subject(s): Love


LOVE SONG, SELS.       
Subject(s): Love - Marital


LOVERS       
First Line: See how in their veins all becomes spirit
Last Line: So as to endure each other outright


LULLABY       
First Line: Someday if I lose you
Last Line: Of mint-balm and star-anise


MADNESS       
First Line: She must always brood: I am I am
Last Line: To dance in the city streets: dance


MAGIC       
First Line: From indescribable transformation flash
Last Line: Who calls for the invisible female dove


MAGICIAN       
First Line: He calls it up. It startles into outline
Last Line: Reads midnight. He's half this spell


MAIDEN MELANCHOLY    Poem Text    
First Line: A young knight comes into my mind
Last Line: On some dear volume playing.
Subject(s): Knights & Knighthood


MAN READING       
First Line: I've read long now. Since this afternoon
Last Line: The first star is like the last house


MAN WATCHING       
First Line: I can see that the storms are coming
Last Line: By ever greater things


MAN WATCHING       
First Line: I can tell by the way the trees beat
Last Line: By constantly greater beings
Subject(s): Men


MARRIAGE AT CANA       
First Line: How could she not have been proud of him
Last Line: Had become blood with this wine


MARTYRS       
First Line: She is a martyr. And when crashing down
Last Line: As if to easter, but with no wreath


MARY AT PEACE WITH THE RISEN LORD       
First Line: What they experienced then: is it not
Last Line: Farthest-reaching communion


MARY'S VISITATION       
First Line: In those first days she moved lightly still
Last Line: In her womb, for joy, to have him near


MASTER, THERE'S SOMETHING NEW       
Last Line: Serve in all meekness


MASTER, THERE'S SOMETHING NEW       
Last Line: Serve in all meekness


MAUSOLEUM       
First Line: King's heart. Core of a high
Last Line: Wind, %invisible, %wind's insideness


MAUSOLEUM       
First Line: King's-heart. Kernel of a lofty
Last Line: Invisible %wind-innerness


MAUSOLEUM       
First Line: King's heart. Seed of a tall
Last Line: : wind, %invisible, %inner wind


MEMORY       
First Line: And you wait, await the one thing
Last Line: Of a vanished year


MIRRORS: NO ONE HAS YET DISTILLED WITH       
Last Line: Narcissus, released into lucency


MOMENT BETWEEN MASKS       
First Line: As long as we stayed in closed rooms
Last Line: The mask of greenery it completes


MOONLIT NIGHT       
First Line: Path in the garden, deep as a long drink
Last Line: Hands of the winds transpose to your near countenance %the r


MOONLIT NIGHT       
First Line: Path in the garden deep as the draught of a long drink
Last Line: The hands of the wind touch %your near face with the farthest night
Subject(s): Moon


MORE UNCONCEALED THE LAND       
First Line: More unconcealed the land: returning is on every road
Last Line: Make it all the more deeply ours in forsaken space


MORE UNCOVERED THE LAND: ON EVERY WAY IS HOMETURNING       
Last Line: So that it belongs intimately to us in the abandoned space


MUSIC       
First Line: Take me by the hand
Last Line: But so much music wounded me


MUSIC       
First Line: What do you play, boy? It went through the gardens
Last Line: When I shall call it to the deep delights


MUSIC       
First Line: She who sleeps - to be so very awake
Last Line: You more than us - from every wherefore %freed


MUZOT, JUNE 1924       
First Line: Do you still remember, the shooting stars
Last Line: As if it had survived them, and was whole


MY SHY MOONSHADOW       
First Line: My shy moonshadow would like to speak
Last Line: I've given birth to both


NARCISSUS       
First Line: Encircled by her arms as by a shell
Last Line: Surface, does it hope to renew a center


NARCISSUS [1]       
First Line: Narcissus vanished. His beauty gave off
Last Line: And self-annulled and could exist no more


NARCISSUS [II]       
First Line: And so this: this exits me and breaks loose
Last Line: I could think that I am deadly


NEIGHBOR       
First Line: Strange violin, are you following me?


NEIGHBOR       
First Line: Strange violin, do you follow me?
Last Line: Than the weight of all things


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: 1. THE PARKS       
First Line: Irresistibly the parks arise
Last Line: Gracious, stately, purple, ostentatious


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: 7. THE PARKS       
First Line: But there are shells in which the naiads'
Last Line: Everything were destroyed and blotted out


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: DON JUAN'S CHILDHOOD       
First Line: In his slim body was the implicit bow
Last Line: Which marveled at him and left him strangely torn


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: FADED       
First Line: Lightly, as after her death
Last Line: Girl is yet living there


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: LADY ON A BALCONY       
First Line: Swiftly she comes forth, wrapped in the wind
Last Line: The dark row of the roofs


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: LEDA       
First Line: When the god in his need advanced toward
Last Line: And verily became swan in her lap


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: ONE OF THE OLD ONES       
First Line: Often in the evening (you know what?)
Last Line: In a picked - up piece of paper


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: PIANO PRACTICE       
First Line: Summer buzzes through the drowsy mood
Last Line: The fragrance hurts


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: ROMAN CAMPAGNA       
First Line: Out of the cluttered city which would rather
Last Line: For his small emptiness theirs which survive him


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: THE ALCHEMIST       
First Line: Smiling derisively, the chemist thrust
Last Line: Only this gold crumb he already had


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: THE BUDDHA IN THE GLORY       
First Line: Center of centers, of all seeds the germ
Last Line: Something which longer than the suns shall burn


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: THE CHILD       
First Line: Without intending it, they watch his play
Last Line: Until his time shall come


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: THE FLAMINGOS       
First Line: Like mirrored images by fragonard
Last Line: Themselves and soar imaginary skies


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: THE INSANE       
First Line: They are silent because the division walls
Last Line: Grows ever larger, never to be lost


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: THE LUTE       
First Line: I am the lute, and if you wish to write
Last Line: Until at last my being was in her


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: THE SCARAB       
First Line: Are not the constellations here already?
Last Line: Beneath its cradling weight


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: THE SOLITARY       
First Line: No! A tower shall arise from my heart
Last Line: Shall force it to a yet more blessed fate


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: TORSO OF AN ARCHAIC APOLLO       
First Line: Never will we know his fabulous head
Last Line: That does not see you you must change your life


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: A WOMAN'S FATE       
First Line: Even as a king out hunting seized a glass
Last Line: And was not prized and never rare on earth


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: BEFORE THE SUMMER RAIN       
First Line: Suddenly in the park from all the green
Last Line: In which one felt so frightened, as a child


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: BLUE HYDRANGEAS       
First Line: Like the last green in the palette's colors
Last Line: The pathetic blue rejoices in the green


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: EARLY APOLLO       
First Line: As, many times between the leafless limbs
Last Line: As if his song were being transfused in him


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: OBLATION       
First Line: Oh, how my body blooms from every vein
Last Line: The altar which your breasts have lightly crowned


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: ROMAN SARCOPHAGI       
First Line: But what prevents us from believing that
Last Line: Which glitters there and goes and gleams again


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: SPANISH DANCER       
First Line: As in the hand a match glows, swiftly white
Last Line: She tramples it to death with small, firm feet


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: THE BUDDHA       
First Line: As if he listened. Silence, far and far
Last Line: Who knows what is withdrawn beyond our fate


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: THE COURTESAN       
First Line: The sun of venice will prepare
Last Line: Are ruined on my mouth, as if by poison


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: THE GAZELLE       
First Line: Enchanted one: how shall two chosen words
Last Line: With the lake's shine on her averted face


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: THE MERRY-GO-ROUND       
First Line: Under the roof and the roof's shadow turns
Last Line: Vanishes in this blind and breathless game


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: THE PANTHER       
First Line: His sight from ever gazing through the bars
Last Line: Into the heart and ceases and is still


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: THE STEPS OF THE ORANGERY       
First Line: Like worn - out kings who finally slowly stride
Last Line: Nor even dare to bear the heavy train


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: THE SWAN       
First Line: This misery that through the still - undone
Last Line: Serenely on in his majestic way


NEVER MIND, ONE DAY       
Last Line: Weeping for joy %quietly overflow


NIGHT WATCHES OF SISTER GODELIEVE, SELS       
First Line: That night an old man died on her
Last Line: Men close by with their eyes open


NIGHT. OH YOU FACE AGAINST MY FACE       
Last Line: I dare exist in you


NINTH ELEGY       
First Line: Why, if our time on earth could be
Last Line: Becomes less....Overabundant being %wells up in my heart


NINTH ELEGY', FROM THE DUINESIAN ELEGIES       
First Line: Why if it is possible to pass the


NO ONE SPEAKS OF THEM       
First Line: No one speaks of them, and yet
Last Line: To shatter a tomb


NO, I'M NOT GOING TO BE DESTROYED       
Last Line: On past darknesses and things


NOW IT IS TIME THAT GODS       
First Line: Now it is time that gods stepped out
Last Line: On all the cracks in our failures


NOW IT IS TIME THE GODS STEPPED OUT       
Last Line: Through all the cracks of our failures


NOW IT WOULD BE TIME THAT GODS SHOULD STEP OUT       
Last Line: On all the breaking-places of our failure


NOW NOTHING CAN PREVENT ME       
Last Line: Escape from them, through the first agony %of a new birth?


NOW THE STAG BECOMES PART OF EARTH       
First Line: Now the stag becomes part of earth. Lifts and holds
Last Line: Stops just short of breaking into leaves


NOW WE AWAKEN WITH MEMORIES       
Last Line: Sits silently nearby with its hair all undone


NOW WE WAKE UP WITH OUR MEMORY       
Last Line: Sits silently beside us with loosened hair


O BRIGHT GLEAM OF A SHY MIRROR IMAGE!       
Last Line: Your gaze reels, and darkens in accord


O FOUNTAIN MOUTH, YOU MOUTH THAT CAN RESPOND       
Last Line: She'll only think you've interrupted her


O MY FRIENDS       
First Line: O my friends, all of you, I renounce
Last Line: As you lift your gaze towards my distracted heart
Subject(s): Friendship


O TELL US POET       


O TELL US POET WHAT DO YOU DO? - I PRAISE       


O THE CURVES OF MY LONGING THROUGH THE COSMOS       
Last Line: Apparatus for a short time trembling


ODETTE R....       
First Line: Tears, the most intensely felt, rise
Last Line: In our riches, the mysterious loam more prized


OF THE DEATH OF MARY       
First Line: The same great angel from whose lips she heard
Last Line: Man, kneel down and look at me and sing


OF THE MARRIAGE AT CANA       
First Line: Could she fail to take pride in this son
Last Line: Turned, as this wine reddened, into blood


OH HAVEN'T YOU KNOWN NIGHTS OF LOVE       
Last Line: Which remember, like a face?


OH IN MY CHILDHOOD, GOD HOW EASY YOU WERE       
Last Line: As the way you use us, when you want to set us free


OH, DELIGHT LEAPING UP EVER-NEW WHEN WE LOOSEN THE SOIL       
Last Line: And how much it always pays him to lend us


OH, DELIGHT LEAPING UP EVER-NEW WHEN WE LOOSEN THE SOIL       
Last Line: And how much it always pays him to lend us


OH, NOT TO BE EXCLUDED       
Last Line: Deep with the winds of return


OH, TELL US, POET, WHAT YOU DO?       
Last Line: That I praise
Variant Title(s): Oh, Tell Us, Poet, What You D


ON THE DEATH OF MARY       
First Line: The same great angel who had once
Subject(s): Mary. Mother Of Jesus; Women - Bible


ON THE EDGE OF NIGHT       
First Line: My room and this vastness
Last Line: Abysses endlessly %falls


ON THE MARRIAGE AT CANA       
First Line: How could she not take pride in him since he
Last Line: Had turned to blood with this wine


ON THE MOUNTAINS OF THE HEART CAST OUT TO DIE       
First Line: On the mountains of the heart cast out to die. Look, how small there
Last Line: Unsheltered, here on the mountains of the heart


ON THE SUNNY ROAD       
First Line: On the sunny road, within the hollow
Last Line: Or upon your breats' responsive pressure


ONCE I TOOK YOUR FACE INTO MY HANDS       
First Line: Once I took your face into %my hands. Moonlight fell on it
Last Line: And to silence, that spendthrift


ONE MUST DIE BECAUSE ONE HAS KNOW THEM       
Last Line: Terrors play in him as in trembling cages


ONE OF THE OLD WOMEN       
First Line: Sometimes in the evening (you know how that is
Last Line: In some piece of paper they've saved


ONLY BY HIM WITH WHOSE LAYS       
Last Line: Lasting and pure


ONLY BY HIM WITH WHOSE LAYS       
Last Line: Voices are rendered %lasting and pure


ORANGES       
First Line: Wait. That taste, it's already bursting
Last Line: With the juice that fills you with such joy!
Subject(s): Oranges


ORPHEUS, EURYDICE, HERMES       
First Line: This was the eerie mine of souls
Last Line: Faltering, gentle, and without impatience


ORPHEUS. EURYDICE. HERMES       
First Line: That was the so unfathomed mine of souls
Last Line: Uncertain, gentle, and without impatience


ORPHEUS. EURYDICE. HERMES       
First Line: That was the deep uncanny mine of souls
Last Line: Her steps constricted by the trailing graveclothes, %uncertain, gentle, and without impatience
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


ORPHEUS. EURYDICE. HERMES       
First Line: Here was the wondrous mine of souls
Last Line: Uncertain, slowly, without impatience


OUR LIFE-LONG NEIGHBOURS, FLOWER, VINE-LEAF, FRUIT       
Last Line: This middle-thing, made of dumb strength and kisses


OVERFLOWING HEAVENS OF SQUANDERED STARS       
Last Line: Countenance dissolved in night makes room for yours


PALM       
First Line: Palm, soft unmade bed
Last Line: Of those brazen stars


PALM OF THE HAND       
First Line: Hand's secret self. Sole, that has ceased to walk
Last Line: Wanders and arrives in them, %fills them with arrival


PANTHER       
First Line: His gaze those bars keep passing is so misted
Last Line: And ends its being in the heart


PANTHER       
First Line: From seeing and seeing the seeing has become so exhausted
Last Line: Slips through the tightened silence of the shoulders, %reaches the heart and dies


PANTHER       
First Line: From pacing past the barriers of his cage
Last Line: And ceases where his being centers


PANTHER       
First Line: The bars go by, and watching them his sight
Last Line: Slips through the tightened limbs, and in the heart %ceases to be, like something that has died


PANTHER       
First Line: His vision, from the constantly passing bars
Last Line: Plunge into the heart and is gone
Subject(s): Imagination; Panthers; Paris, France; Vision


PANTHER       
First Line: From bending always over bars, hsi glance
Last Line: And ceases in the heart to be


PANTHER       
First Line: His gaze has grown so tired from the bars
Last Line: And in the heart ceases to be


PANTHER       
First Line: From bars forever going past, his gaze
Last Line: An image enters, passes through the shoulders' tight-drawn %stillness to the heart, and dies


PARKS: II       
First Line: Gently gripped by the
Last Line: That listen, you don't stir
Subject(s): Gardens And Gardening


PARKS: VII       
First Line: But there are bowls in which the naiads'
Last Line: Instantly annihilated and erased
Subject(s): Gardens And Gardening


PARTING       
First Line: How I have felt that thing that's called 'to part'
Last Line: Some perching cuckoo's hastily vacated


PEARLS ROLL AWAY       
First Line: Pearls roll away. Ah, one of the strings broke
Last Line: And I shall cease to be up to you. I grow old, or else chile


PEOPLE AT NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The nights were not made for crowds, and they sever
Last Line: And mean--they know not whom.


PEOPLE AT NIGHT       
First Line: Nights are not made for crowds


PERSEUS       
First Line: Son of the raining gold, secretly begotten
Last Line: Before the rising tide


PIANO PRACTICE       
First Line: The summer afternoon brings on a mood
Last Line: As suddenly she finds their fragrance hurts


PIETA    Poem Text    
First Line: So once more, jesus, I behold your feet
Last Line: Strangely together to our doom we go.


PIETA       
First Line: Full is my woe now, speechlessly it all
Last Line: Give birth to you


PIETA       
First Line: Now is my misery full and namelessly
Subject(s): Holidays


PIETA       
First Line: And so I see your feet again, jesus
Last Line: How we both wondrously perish


PIETA       
First Line: Now my anguish is complete. It is unspeakable
Last Line: Now I can no longer give you %birth


PIGEONS       
First Line: The same old flights, the same old homecomings
Last Line: Miraculously multiiplied by its mania to return


PLAY THE DEATHS SWIFTLY THROUGH       
First Line: Play the deaths swiftly through, the single ones, and you will see
Last Line: How it rounds in upon itself, the infinite stream of stars


PLAY THE DEATHS, THE SINGLE ONES, QUICKLY       
Last Line: As it closes on itself the unending stream of stars


POEMS PRAISE       
First Line: Life and death: they are one, at the core entwined
Last Line: And throws himself into the purest flame


POET PRAISES       
First Line: Wait - this tastes good - already it's in pursuit
Last Line: With the juice which fills the fortunate thing


POET SPEAKS OF PRAISING       
First Line: Oh speak, poet, what do you do
Last Line: Know you like star and storm? %since I praise


POET'S DEATH       
First Line: He lay. His high-propped face could only peer
Last Line: Than broken fruit corrupting in the air


POET'S DEATH       
First Line: He lay. His high-propped face could only peer
Last Line: Than broken fruit corrupting in the air
Subject(s): Mourning


PONT DU CARROUSEL       
First Line: The blind man who stands on the bridge
Last Line: Amid a surface-dwelling race


PORTRAIT OF MY FATHER AS A YOUNG MAN       
First Line: Dream in the eyes. The brow as in relation
Last Line: In my more gradually fading hand


PORTRAIT OF MY FATHER AS A YOUNG MAN       
First Line: In the eyes: dream. The brow as if it could feel
Last Line: In my more slowly disappearing hand
Subject(s): Fathers


PRAISE       
First Line: O poet, what do you do? I praise


PRAISING THAT'S IT! AS A PRAISER AND BLESSER       
Last Line: Dishes of fruit for the dead to praise


PRAISING, THAT'S IT! AS A PRAISER AND BLESSER       
Last Line: Dishes of fruit for the dead to praise


PRAYER       
First Line: Night, still night, into which are woven
Last Line: Do not branch differently in darkness


PRELUDE       
First Line: Whoever you are: at evening step forward
Last Line: And as your will takes in the sense of it, %tenderly your eyes let it go


PRESAGING    Poem Text    
First Line: I am like a flag unfurled in space
Last Line: And thrust myself forth and am alone in the great storm.
Subject(s): Selflessness; Solitude; Loneliness


PRESENTATION OF MARY IN THE TEMPLE       
First Line: To grasp how she was then, try if you can
Last Line: Pressing more hardly than the building's weight


PRESENTATION OF MARY IN THE TEMPLE       
First Line: In order to grasp what she was like at the time
Last Line: Higher than the hall, heavier than the house


PRESENTIMENT       
First Line: Like a citadel flag on far off heights


PRESENTIMENT       
First Line: I am like a flag surrounded by distances
Last Line: In the great storm


PRESENTIMENT       
First Line: Like a citadel flag on far off heights
Last Line: -absolutely alone %in the great storm
Subject(s): Great Lakes; Sailors And Sailing


PROGRESS       
First Line: And again my inmost life rushes louder
Last Line: My feeling sinks, as if it stood on fishes


PROPHET       
First Line: Dilated by immense visions


PUT OUT MY EYES: AND I SHALL SEE YOU, TOO       


QUAI DU ROSAIRE: BRUGES    Poem Text    
First Line: These streets have such a tranquil, languid gait
Last Line: Clusters of chimes in the far heavens hung.
Subject(s): Bruges, Belgium


QUIETING OF MARY AT THE RESURRECTION       
First Line: What they felt at that moment isn't it
Last Line: They began this season %of their ultimate intimacy


QUIETING OF MARY WITH THE RESURRECTED ONE       
First Line: What they felt then: is it not
Last Line: Their season %of ultimate communing


QUINCES YELLOW FROM THEIR GRAY FLUFF       


R.M.R.       
First Line: Rose, oh the pure contradiction
Last Line: Under so many lids
Subject(s): Mourning


RAISE NO COMMEMORATING STONE. THE ROSES       
Last Line: In all his over-steppings he obeys


RAISE NO COMMEMORATING STONE. THE ROSES       
Last Line: In all his over-steppings he obeys


RAISING OF LAZARUS       
First Line: One had to bear with the majority
Last Line: Life compelled to give it harbouring


RAISING OF LAZARUS       
First Line: Yes, it was necessary for this common sort
Last Line: The inexact vague life again accept it


RAISING OF LAZARUS       
First Line: Evidently, this was needed. Because people need
Last Line: Life made room for him once more


READER       
First Line: I had read a long time. All afternoon


REGARDING MY ANSWER I STILL DON'T KNOW       
Last Line: Already talking to the earth


REMEMBRANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: You wait, with memories drifting
Last Line: With its grandeur and fear and prayer.


REMEMBRANCE       
First Line: You wait, expecting one alone
Last Line: Of pain and prayer and revelation


REQUIEM       
First Line: An hour since, now, there is more on earth
Last Line: Spirals in the wreath


REQUIEM FOR A FRIEND       
First Line: I have my dead and I have let them go
Last Line: As what is farthest sometimes helps me: within me


REQUIEM ON THE DEATH OF A BOY       
First Line: What was the point of learning names
Last Line: The ones who're drinking us, I have yet to %see


REST ON THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT       
First Line: These, who late so breathlessly had flown
Last Line: And they sat, as in a dream, beneath


REST ON THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT       
First Line: Having just now flown, out of
Last Line: Blossoming. And they sat as in a dream


ROAD THAT TURNS AND PLAYS       
Last Line: Promised for next year


ROMAN FOUNTAIN BORGHESE       
First Line: Two basins, one rising from the other
Last Line: Gently smile from underneath with nuances
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Fountains; Rome, Italy


ROMAN SARCOPHAGI       
First Line: Why should we too, though, not anticipate
Last Line: That mirrors now and moves and sparkles %through them
Subject(s): Mourning


ROMAN SARCOPHAGUS       
First Line: The terrible etruscan mater familias
Last Line: From the imperial aqueducts


ROSA FOETIDA       
First Line: I'm an imperfect thing
Last Line: Like the air you breathe
Subject(s): Erotic Love


ROSA ODORATA       
First Line: I can't turn a smell
Last Line: Of magnolia; eugenol, %a touch of cloves
Subject(s): Erotic Love


ROSA PIMPINELLIFOLIA       
First Line: O I'm leaning
Last Line: You can sleep %inside my face
Subject(s): Erotic Love


ROSE WINDOW       
First Line: In there: the indolent tread of their paws
Last Line: Heart %and tore it into god


ROSE, O PURE CONTRADITION       
First Line: Rose, o pure contradiction, delight
Last Line: In being no one's sleep under so many lids


ROSE, OH PURE CONTRADICTION, JOY       
Last Line: Of being no-one's sleep under so many lids
Subject(s): Flowers; Religion; Roses


SAINT       
First Line: The nation was parched; and so the one
Last Line: And her blood went rushing deep beneath her


SAINT SEBASTIAN       
First Line: He stands like a man reclining-completely
Last Line: The destroyers of beautiful things


SECOND ELEGY       
First Line: Every angel is terrifying. And yet, alas
Last Line: In godlike bodies where more grandly it tempers itself


SEE THE CAREFREE INSECT       
First Line: See the carefree insect, how it plays, its whole world
Last Line: Whereas the mammal even as it suckles stares %all eye


SELF-PORTRAIT       
First Line: The bone-build of the eyebrows has a mule's
Last Line: Something in earnest labors to unroll


SEVEN PHALLIC POEMS: 1       
First Line: The rose-gatherer grasps suddenly
Last Line: The gentle garden within her shrinks


SEVEN PHALLIC POEMS: 2       
First Line: Summer, which you so suddenly are, you're
Last Line: As the angel intends it outright


SEVEN PHALLIC POEMS: 3       
First Line: We close a circle by means of our gazes
Last Line: Withdrawn from the delightfully ravaged column


SEVEN PHALLIC POEMS: 4       
First Line: You don't know towers, with your diffidence
Last Line: More feeling than I am quite


SEVEN PHALLIC POEMS: 5       
First Line: How the too ample space has weakened you and me
Last Line: Sustains the vault, and more slowly subsides


SEVEN PHALLIC POEMS: 6       
First Line: To what are we near? To death, or that display
Last Line: You, my stiff corpse again grows soft asleep


SEVEN PHALLIC POEMS: 7       
First Line: How I called you. This is the mute call
Last Line: For you'll be hurled down when it waves on high


SEVEN-LEAGUE CRUTCHES, SELS.       


SEVENTH ELEGY       
First Line: Wooing no more, not wooing, outgrown voice
Last Line: As if to fend off and warn, %ungraspable one, wide open


SHAKO       
First Line: Night, and its muffled creakings, as the wheels
Last Line: Leans the black shako with its white death's-head


SHARP CASTLE-BREAK       
First Line: Sharp castle-break, ancient underjaw
Last Line: I waited: but not one stone shattered


SICK CHILD       
First Line: With a slight turn of the head on the pillow
Last Line: The beloved voices sounded like company


SILENCE       
First Line: Listen, love, I lift my hands
Last Line: Only her of whom I think: you %I cannot see


SILENT FRIEND OF MANY DISTANCES       
First Line: Silent friend of many distances, feel
Last Line: To the onrushing water say: I am


SILENT FRIEND OF THOSE FAR FROM US, FEELING       
Last Line: Tell the running water: I exist


SILENT HOUR       
First Line: Whoever weeps somewhere out in the world


SINCE I WROTE YOU, SAP SPRANG FREE       
Last Line: In the feminine chalice?


SING THOSE GARDENS, MY HEART, POURED AS INTO A GLASS       
Last Line: Feel that the whole, the praisable, carpet's intended


SINGER SINGS BEFORE A CHILD OF PRINCES       
First Line: You pale child, each evening the singer
Last Line: Stand all around your moving form


SIXTH ELEGY       
First Line: Fig tree, for how long have I found meaning
Last Line: Already turned away, he stood at the end of the smiles, %-different


SMALL CLEMATIS TUMBLES       
Last Line: It picks autumn as accomplice


SOLEMN HOUR       
First Line: Whoever weeps now anywhere out in the world
Last Line: Dies without cause in the world %looks at me


SOLEMN HOUR       
First Line: Wha noo greets onywhaur I the warld
Last Line: Withoot cause dees I the warld %luiks at me
Subject(s): Scottish Translations


SOLITARY       
First Line: Like one who's voyaged over foreign oceans
Last Line: Here they hold their breath out of shame


SOLITUDE       
First Line: Solitude is like a rain
Last Line: Then solitude flows with the rivers


SOMETIMES A MAN       
First Line: Sometimes a man stands up during supper
Last Line: Toward that same church, which he forgot


SOMETIMES A MAN STANDS UP DURING SUPPER       
Last Line: Toward that same church, which he forgot
Subject(s): Fathers; Men; Prayer


SOMEWHERE BLOOMS THE BLOSSOM OF PARTING AND BESTREWS       
Last Line: Even in the most-coming wind we breathe parting


SOMEWHERE THE FLOWER OF FAREWELL BLOOMS       
First Line: Somewhere the floewr of farewell blooms and scatters
Last Line: Even in the winds that reach us first we breathe farewell


SON       
First Line: My father was a banished king
Last Line: Ever-present holy groves


SONG OF THE DRUNKARD       
First Line: I don't know what it was I wanted to hold onto
Last Line: In the pile on the fucking table. So what the fuck


SONG OF THE DWARF       
First Line: I think my soul is straight and good
Last Line: And dogs will have none of it
Subject(s): Dwarfs


SONG OF THE STATUE       
First Line: Who is there who so loves me, that he
Last Line: He who loved me most


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS       
First Line: A tree ascended, o pure transcendence
Last Line: Let him praise ring, vase, and silver heir-loom
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS       
First Line: O not till the time when flight
Subject(s): Aviation And Aviators; Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS       
First Line: This is the animal that does not exist
Last Line: And existed in the silver mirror, and in her


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS       
First Line: A tree sprang into life. O clear transcendence!
Last Line: To the onrushing water say: I am


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 1       
First Line: There arose a tree. Oh pure transcension!
Last Line: You made for the beasts temples in the hearing
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 1.14       
First Line: We grow and care for flower, grape leaf, fruit
Last Line: Ambiguous harvests, half mute strength, half kisses?


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 1.15       
First Line: Wait...Oh, what flavor...Already escaping
Last Line: With the juices filling this joyful fruit


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 1.5       
First Line: Erect no marker for him. Let the rose
Last Line: And this transgression is obedience


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 10       
First Line: Antique sarcophagi, who have never
Last Line: On the countenance of man
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 11       
First Line: Look at the sky. Is there no constellation
Last Line: The figure as a symbol. That's enough
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 12       
First Line: Hail to the spirit that can unite us
Last Line: Where seeds turn into summer. Earth bestows
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 13       
First Line: Full-plumped apple, gooseberry and pear
Last Line: Oh, experience, feeling, joy - how vast!
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 14       
First Line: We have to do with flower, grape leaf, fruit
Last Line: This mongrel begotten of dumb strength and kisses?
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 15       
First Line: Wait...That tastes good...It flies away fast
Last Line: With the juice that brims this happy thing!
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 16       
First Line: You, my friend, are so alone
Last Line: Here. This is esau in his skin
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 17       
First Line: The first, confused, the ancient
Last Line: Shape as a lyre
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 18       
First Line: Master, you hear the new
Last Line: And serve as a tool
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 19       
First Line: Though the world change as fast
Last Line: Hallows and praises
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 2       
First Line: She was almost a girl and forth she leaped
Last Line: Does she sink from me - where?...A girl almost
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 2. 29       
First Line: Quiet friend of many distances, feel
Last Line: To the swift water speak: I am


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 2.11       
First Line: Many a calmly composed usage of death has evolved
Last Line: Whatever might happen to us


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 2.20       
First Line: Reaching from star to star, what spaces! Yet, much farther, still
Last Line: The fishes' language, without them is spoken?


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 2.26       
First Line: How it stirs us, the cry of the bird
Last Line: The current that carries your head and your lyre


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 2.4       
First Line: This is the nonexistent beast. They did
Last Line: It was, within the mirror, within her


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 20       
First Line: What shall I dedicate, master, say
Last Line: His image I dedicate
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 21       
First Line: Spring has come back again. The earth
Last Line: Unruly stems she sings in a song
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 22       
First Line: We are the drivers
Last Line: The book and the flower
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 23       
First Line: Oh, first when the flight
Last Line: What he is flying alone
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 24       
First Line: Should we disown our oldest friendships, part
Last Line: Heavier. But we grow weak, like swimmers
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 25       
First Line: Once more I will remember you whom I knew
Last Line: It entered the desolate open gate
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 26       
First Line: But you divine one, unto the last still singing
Last Line: Among us, are we hearers and a mouth for nature
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 3       
First Line: A god can do it. But how shall a man, say
Last Line: A breath round nothing. A gust in the god. A wind
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 4       
First Line: O you tender ones, sometimes walk
Last Line: But the spaces ... But the windy air
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 5       
First Line: Erect no monument. But let the roses
Last Line: He is obedient, even when he transgresses
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 6       
First Line: Does he belong here? No, from both
Last Line: Let him praise bracelet, pitcher, and ring
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 7       
First Line: Praising, that's it! One ordained to praise
Last Line: Glorious fruit in golden bowls
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 8       
First Line: Only in the land of praise can lamentation
Last Line: Against a sky her breathing does not trouble
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 8       
First Line: Where praise already is is the only place grief
Last Line: Into the sky, not troubled by her breath
Subject(s): Men; Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 9       
First Line: Only whoso has raised
Last Line: Eternal and pure
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 1       
First Line: A tree ascended there. Oh pure transcendence
Last Line: You built a temple deep inside their hearing
Subject(s): Imagination; Mythology - Classical; Orpheus; Vision


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 1       
First Line: A tree ascending there, o pure transcension
Last Line: You built them temples in their sense of sound
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 10       
First Line: You who are close to my heart always
Last Line: In the deep calm of the human face
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 11       
First Line: Look at the sky. Are no two stars called 'rider'
Last Line: For a moment. It is all we need
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 12       
First Line: Hail to the god who joins us; for through him
Last Line: Transmited into summer. The earth bestows
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 13       
First Line: Plump apple, smooth banana, melon, peach
Last Line: Oh knowledge,pleasure -- inexhaustible
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 14       
First Line: We are involved with flower, leaf, and fruit
Last Line: This hybrid thing of speechless strength and kisses
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 15       
First Line: O fountain-mouth, o giving, o mouth that speaks
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 15       
First Line: Wait..., that tastes good...But already it's gone
Last Line: And the juice that fills it with succulent joy
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 16       
First Line: You are lonely, my friend, because you are
Last Line: Here. This is esau beneath his pelt
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 17       
First Line: At bottom the ancient one, gnarled root hidden deep
Last Line: Top one bends finally %into a lyre
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 18       
First Line: Master, do you hear the new
Last Line: Let it, desireless, %serve and remain
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 2       
First Line: And it was almost a girl and came to be
Last Line: Where is she vanishing?...A girl almost
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 20       
First Line: But master, what gift shall I dedicate to you
Last Line: His image: my gift
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 21       
First Line: Spring has returned. The earth resembles
Last Line: Difficult root, she sings, she sings
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus; Spring


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 22       
First Line: We are the driving ones
Last Line: Darkness and morning light, %flower and book
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus; Religion


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 23       
First Line: Not till the day when flight
Last Line: Be what alone he flew
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 24       
First Line: Shall we reject our primordial friendship, the sublime
Last Line: Strength we have, like swimmers
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 25       
First Line: But you now, dear girl, whom I loved
Last Line: It entered the inconsolably open door
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 26       
First Line: How the cry of a bird can stir us
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 26       
First Line: But you, divine poet, you who sang on till the end
Last Line: Have we become hearers now and a rescuing voice
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 29       
First Line: Silent friend of many distances
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 3       
First Line: A god can do it. But will you tell me how
Last Line: Nothing. A gust inside the god. A wind
Subject(s): Imagination; Mythology - Classical; Orpheus; Vision


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 3       
First Line: A god has power. But can a mere man follow
Last Line: A calm. A shudder in the god. A gale
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 36       
First Line: Though the world keeps changing its form
Last Line: Only the song through the land %hallows and heals
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 4       
First Line: O you tender ones, walk now and then
Last Line: Carry them now. But the winds - but the spaces
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 5       
First Line: Erect no gravestone for him. Only this
Last Line: And it is in overstepping that he obeys
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 6       
First Line: Does he belong here? No, out of both
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 6       
First Line: Is he someone who dwells in this single world? No
Last Line: Let him praise finger-ring, bracelet, and jug
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 7       
First Line: Praising is what matters! He was summoned for that
Last Line: A bowl with ripe fruit worthy of praise
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 8       
First Line: Only in the realm of praising should lament
Last Line: Glittering, into the pure nocturnal sky
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 9       
First Line: Only one who has has lifted the lyre
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 9       
First Line: Only he whose bright lyre
Last Line: All voices become eternally mild
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 1       
First Line: Breath, you invisible poem! Pure
Last Line: Roundness and leaf of my words
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 1       
First Line: Breathing: you invisible poem! Complete
Last Line: Roundness, and leaf of my words
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 10       
First Line: All we have gained the machine threatens, as long
Last Line: Builds in unusable space her deified temple
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 10       
First Line: All we have won is threatened by the machine
Last Line: Building her deified house in the useless space %of the sky
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 103       
First Line: Does it really exist, time, the destroyer
Last Line: Powers as a use of the gods
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 11       
First Line: Many calmly established rules of death have arisen
Last Line: When the mind stays serene, whatever %happens to us is good
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 11       
First Line: Many a quietly ordered rule of death now prevails
Last Line: What happens to us is pure
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 12       
First Line: Will transformation. Oh be inspired for the flame
Last Line: Wants you to change into wind
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 12       
First Line: Will the transformation. Oh, be inspired by the burning
Last Line: Feeling herself laurel, wills that you change to a wind
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 13       
First Line: Keep ahead of all parting, as if it were behind
Last Line: Add yourself joyously, and annul the amount
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 14       
First Line: Look at the flowers, so faithful to what is earthly
Last Line: All those silent companions in the wind of the meadows
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 14       
First Line: Look at the flowers, faithful to earth's ways
Last Line: All the still brothers and sisters where meadowwinds blow
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 15       
First Line: O fountain-mouth, you generous, always-filled
Last Line: Interrupting what she wants to say
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 15       
First Line: O fountain-mouth, you giver, o you round
Last Line: Under the flow, she thinks you interrupt
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 16       
First Line: Always torn open by us again
Last Line: The lamb begs for his bell
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 17       
First Line: Where, inside what forever blissfully
Last Line: To disturb the enormous calm of those patient summers
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 17       
First Line: Where, in what ever-happily watered garden
Last Line: To disturb the serenity of these imperturbable summers?
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 18       
First Line: Dancing girl: transformation
Last Line: Quickly inscribed on the surface of its own turning
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 18       
First Line: Dancer: o you translation
Last Line: Swiftly in the texture of their own turning?
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 19       
First Line: Somewhere gold lives, luxurious, inside the pampering bank
Last Line: Audible only to the god
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 19       
First Line: Somewhere lives gold in the indulgent bank
Last Line: For only a god to hear
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 2       
First Line: Just as the master's genuine brushstroke
Last Line: Can sing the heart born into the whole
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 2       
First Line: Even as a handy sheet of paper
Last Line: Can sing the heart born into the whole
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 20       
First Line: In between stars, what distances; and
Last Line: To speak in the language of fish
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 20       
First Line: Between the stars, how far, and still much farther
Last Line: There is something that might be language, %without speech?
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 21       
First Line: Sing of the gardens, my heart, that you never saw; as if glass
Last Line: Feel that the whole, the marvelous carpet is meant
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 21       
First Line: Sing, my heart, the unknown gardens poured
Last Line: Remember, a whole grand carpet is proposed
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 22       
First Line: Oh in spite of fate: the glorious overflowings
Last Line: None perhaps is in vain. Yet only as thought
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 22       
First Line: Oh, the splendid overflow, in spite of fate
Last Line: None is in vain perhaps. But just as if thought
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 23       
First Line: Call me to the one among your moments
Last Line: And sweet danger, ripening from within
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus; Religion


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 23       
First Line: Call me to one of your hours, the space
Last Line: And the sweetness of danger that ripens
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 24       
First Line: Oh the delight, ever new, out of loosened soil
Last Line: Andhow he must always profit when he lends us time
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 24       
First Line: Oh, this pleasure, always new, from the loosened clay!
Last Line: And how much he always gains when he puts us %on loan
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 25       
First Line: Already (listen!) you can hear the first
Last Line: Every hour that goes by grows younger
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 25       
First Line: Already, listen, you hear the first harrows
Last Line: Each passing hour grows more young
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 26       
First Line: How deeply the cry of a bird can move us
Last Line: Let their clear stream carry the head and the lyre
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 26       
First Line: We are stirred by a bird's cry
Last Line: As a river bearing the head and the lyre
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 27       
First Line: Does it really exist, this destroyer, time?
Last Line: Powers for divine uses
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 28       
First Line: Oh, come and go, you almost child, enhancing
Last Line: Communion with your friend both feet and face
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 28       
First Line: Oh come and go. You, almost still a child
Last Line: Body toward the perfect celebration
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 28       
First Line: Oh, come and go. You, almost a child, complete
Last Line: For once the whole and healing festival
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 29       
First Line: Silent friend of many distances, feel
Last Line: To the flashing water say: I am
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus; Religion


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 29       
First Line: Still friend of many distances, feel yet
Last Line: To the fleeting water speak: I am
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 3       
First Line: Mirrors: no one has ever known how
Last Line: Narcissus penetrate, bright and unbound
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 3       
First Line: Mirrors: still no one knowing has told
Last Line: Narcissus forces his way at last
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 4       
First Line: Oh this beast is the one that never was
Last Line: And was, inside the mirror and in her
Variant Title(s): Unicorn; This Is The Creatur
Subject(s): Animals; Mythology - Classical; Orpheus; Unicorns


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 4       
First Line: Oh, this is the animal that never was
Last Line: And was in the silver mirror and in her
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 5       
First Line: Flower-muscle that slowly opens back
Last Line: Shall we at last be open and receivers
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 5       
First Line: Flower-muscle of the anemone
Last Line: Are we receivers finally unfurled?
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 6       
First Line: Rose, you majesty -- once, to the ancients, you were
Last Line: Which we prayed for from hours that belong to us
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 6       
First Line: Roses, you on a throne, in antiquity
Last Line: That we have begged from hours evocable
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 7       
First Line: Flowers, you who are kin to the hands that arrange
Last Line: Relate you to those who in blossoming are your cousins
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 7       
First Line: Flowers, finally to ordering hands related
Last Line: With them who are your confederates in blooming
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 75       
First Line: Be ahead of all parting, as though it already were
Last Line: Joyfully add yourself, and cancel the count
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus; Religion


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 8       
First Line: You playmates of mine in the scattered parks of the city
Last Line: Oh a vanishing one, stepped under the plummeting ball
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 8       
First Line: You few playmates of childhood long ago
Last Line: Ah, dying, who walked under the falling ball
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 81       
First Line: Over and over by us torn in two
Last Line: Because of a moer quiet instinct
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 9       
First Line: Don't boast, you judges, that you have dispensed with torture
Last Line: Like a quietly playing child of an infinite union
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 9       
First Line: Do not boast, you judges, of irons not clamped
Last Line: Like a quietly playing child of an infinite conception
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART: 17       
First Line: Where, in what ever-blissfully watered gardens, upon what trees
Last Line: To disturb that even-tempered summer's repose
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART: 4       
First Line: This is the creature there has never been
Last Line: Within the silver mirror and in her
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SPANISH DANCER    Poem Text    
First Line: As in one's hand a sulphur-match burns white
Last Line: And stamps it out with little furious feet.
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


SPANISH DANCER       
First Line: Like a white sulfur match in the hand
Last Line: With a sweet, welcome smile she lifts her face %and with short firm steps she stamps it out


SPANISH DANCER       
First Line: As in the hand, a wooden match turns white
Last Line: And stamps it out with small determined feet


SPANISH TRILOGY       
First Line: From this cloud -- look: that so wildly covers
Last Line: A flare grows steady. Death should %less darkly find its wa


SPANISH TRILOGY       
First Line: From this cloud, look: so wildly concealing
Last Line: Should have little trouble finding the way


SPIRIT ARIEL       
First Line: Once long ago somewhere you freed him
Last Line: With nothing but his own strength: 'which is most faint.'


SPRING HAS RETURNED       
First Line: Spring has returned. The earth is
Last Line: Difficult stems: she sings it. She sings
Subject(s): Spring


STARS BEHIND OLIVES       
First Line: Dear love, who fail to read so much aright
Last Line: Grope after us and walk with our support


STARTLE ME, MUSIC, WITH RHYTHMICAL FURY!       
Last Line: Oh, the she too doesn't exist, anywhere, will never be born,%she in whose absence you are withering


STEP NOW AND THEN, YOU GENTLE-HEARTED       
Last Line: Ah, but the breezes...Ah, but the spaces


STEP NOW AND THEN, YOU GENTLE-HEARTED       
Last Line: Ah, but the breezes...Ah, but the spaces


STILL THE GOD REMAINS AN EVERY-GROWING       
Last Line: When it begs us for its bell


STORM       
First Line: When the clouds, driven by storms
Last Line: And the same flying %flees in them


STRAINING SO HARD AGAINST THE STRENGTH OF NIGHT       
Last Line: The light arch of his equanimity


STRONG STAR, WHICH NEEDS NOT THE HELP WHICH       
Last Line: With the pure descent


STROPHES       
First Line: There's one who takes all people in his hand
Last Line: Yet I hear many speaking evil of him


SUMMER PASSER-BY       
First Line: Do you see that slowly walking, happy
Last Line: She gathers the shade of her incandescence


SUNSET       
First Line: Slowly the west reaches for clothes of new colors
Last Line: So that, sometimes blocked in, sometimes reaching out, %one moment your life is a stone in you, and
Subject(s): Night


SWAN       
First Line: This laborious going on and on
Last Line: More composedly, condescends to swim


SWAN       
First Line: This laboring through what is still undone
Last Line: In his full majesty and ever more %indifferent, he condescends to glide
Subject(s): Birds; Swans


SWAN       
First Line: The drudgery of trudging through things
Last Line: And composed, consents to glide


SWAN SWIMS ON THE WATER       
Last Line: Of happiness and doubt


TEARS, TEARS THAT BREAK OUT OF ME       
Last Line: Cradle me, old man


TELLING YOU ALL       
First Line: Telling you all would take too long
Last Line: Transports himself somewhere else


TENTH ELEGY       
First Line: Some day, emerging at last out of this fell insight
Last Line: The emotion that almost startles %when happiness falls


TENTH ELEGY       
First Line: O to be able, at the end of this grim realization
Last Line: That almost over- %whelms us when happiness %falls
Subject(s): Scottish Translations


TENTH ELEGY       
First Line: May I, one day, emerging from this grim vision
Last Line: That almost startles, %when a happy thing falls


THAT WE LOSE NOTHING       
First Line: That we lose nothing, that even those
Last Line: Have recourse, for even they, %the annihilators


THAT WHICH OFFERS ITSELF TO US WITH STARLIGHT       
Last Line: Will night know you


THE CAROUSEL; JARDIN DE LUXEMBOURG    Poem Text    
First Line: A little while both roof and shadow turn
Last Line: Briefly upon this blind and breathless game.
Subject(s): Luxembourg Gardens, Paris; Merry-go-grounds; Carousels


THE DUINO ELEGIES: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels'
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision; Fancy


THE LAST SUPPER    Poem Text    
First Line: Here they are gathered, wondering and deranged
Last Line: Is everywhere, like dusk at fall of night.


THE MONARCHS OF THE WORLD ARE OLD       


THE OLD WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: White-faced friends in the midst of today
Last Line: And shows old heirlooms of amazing stones.
Subject(s): Old Age


THE PANTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: His vision, from the constantly passing bars


THE YOUTH DREAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, I should love to be like one of those
Last Line: And still our horses rustle like the rain.
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


THESE SOFT       
Last Line: And I lie without a lover


THINKING YOU       
First Line: Thinking you up my being burns more brightly
Last Line: Are you coming from unopposable space


THIRD ELEGY       
First Line: It's one thing to sing the beloved. Another, beware
Last Line: Of the nights...... %hold him here


THIS IS THE MUTE-MOUTHED MOUNTING OF THE PHALLI       


THOSE OF THE HOUSE OF COLONNA       
First Line: You far-off men, who stand now so motionless
Last Line: Back then your faces burgeoned wide


THREE HOLY KINGS       
First Line: Once long ago when at the desert's edge
Last Line: And the valley of turquoise


THREE HOLY KINGS       
First Line: Once long ago when at the desert's edge
Last Line: And the valley of turquoise
Subject(s): Christmas


TIME AND AGAIN       
First Line: Time and again, however well we know the landscape of love
Last Line: Between the flowers, face to face with the sky


TITMOUSE       
First Line: O you, small heart that winters
Last Line: We'll know the pleasure of tomorrow


TO BENVENUTA       
First Line: Ah, I passed like a wind through their foliage
Last Line: That now, at last, you're going to take me home


TO DRINK THINGS DISSOLVED AND DILUTED       
Last Line: Instead of chewing on the kernel of reality


TO HAVE COME THROUGH IT       
First Line: To have come through it: to have joyfully
Last Line: Of the call. Awake and weakened


TO HOLDERLIN       
First Line: Lingering, even with intimate things
Last Line: For, oh, what affections, in space


TO HOLDERLIN       
First Line: Lingering, even among what's most intimate
Last Line: What inclination, awaiting us in space


TO LOU ANDREAS-SALOME       
First Line: I held myself too open, I forgot
Last Line: Gently, like moonlight on a window seat


TO LOU ANDREAS-SALOME       
First Line: I kept myself immensely open, yet forgot
Last Line: To me, like moonlight at a spot by the %window


TO MONIQUE AND BLAISE BRIOD       
First Line: And by your fire and by lamplight
Last Line: So much silence has collaborated here


TO MUSIC       
First Line: Music breathing of statues. Perhaps
Last Line: No longer to be lived in


TO MUSIC       
First Line: Music: breathing of statues. Perhaps
Last Line: No longer lived in


TO SAY BEFORE GOING TO SLEEP       
First Line: I would like to sing someone to sleep
Last Line: When something stirs in the dark


TO THE AWAITED ONE       
First Line: ...Come when it's time. All this will have
Last Line: And never self-terrified heart's blood %of such beloved things


TO THE MOON       
First Line: Moon, svelte peson
Last Line: Which I think suits your taste


TOMBS OF THE HETAERAE       
First Line: In their long hair they lie
Last Line: Grew into skies that closed nowhere


TOMBS OF THE HETAERAE       
First Line: They lie in their long hair
Last Line: Rose in a sky without end


TRANSFORM STAMEN ON STAMEN       
Last Line: Fill your interior rose


TRANSFORMATION       
Last Line: Uproar and parade in the ripening vine


TRANSFORMED SPEAKS ONLY TO RELINQUISHERS       
Last Line: Holders-on are stranglers


TRANSIENCE       
First Line: Driftsand of hours. Quietly continuous fading
Last Line: So that its gazing head fully grasps us


TSARS: 1       
First Line: That was in days when the mountains came
Last Line: In their being's deep twilight


TSARS: 2       
First Line: Great birds still threaten on all sides
Last Line: And lay obediently at the elders' feet


TSARS: 3       
First Line: His servants feed with more and more
Last Line: Who am I and who is he


TSARS: 4       
First Line: It is the hour when the empire vainly
Last Line: And a blade has been unsheathed in dream


TSARS: 5       
First Line: The pale tsar will not die by the sword
Last Line: In which all action's red turned pale


TSARS: 6       
First Line: Still in the surrounding silver-plating
Last Line: And in the gleam of hanging lamps grew bright


TURNING       
First Line: He had long won it through gazing
Last Line: As yet never loved creation


TWO POEMS TO HANS THOMA ON HIS SIXIETH BIRTHDAY: 1. MOONLIGHT NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: South german night, spread out beneath the moon
Last Line: A blonde--
Subject(s): Thoma, Hans (1839-1924)


TWO POEMS TO HANS THOMA ON HIS SIXIETH BIRTHDAY: 2. THE KNIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The knight rides forth in blackest mail
Last Line: And singing?
Subject(s): Knights & Knighthood; Thoma, Hans (1839-1924)


TWO POEMS TO HANS THOMAS ON HIS SIXTIETH BIRTHDAY       
First Line: South german night, bathed in august moonlight
Last Line: So that I can finally stretch %and play %and sing
Subject(s): Thoma, Hans (1839-1924)


UNDERMOST HE, THE EARTH-BOUND       
Last Line: Curves, as it scales the top, into a lyre


UNDERMOST HE, THE EARTH-BOUND       
Last Line: Into a lyre


UNDETERRABLE       
First Line: Undeterrable, I'll complete this course
Last Line: Of new birth might be escaped


UNFINISHED ELEGY       
First Line: Don't let your fate change your mind
Last Line: Are embarrassed for it


UNICORN       
First Line: This is the animal that never existed


UNICORN       
First Line: Oh this is the animal that never was
Last Line: Looking at them calmly, with clear eyes
Subject(s): Mythical Animals


UNICORN, SELS.       
Subject(s): Unicorns


UNKNOWING BEFORE THE HEAVENS OF MY LIFE       
Last Line: Seemingly protected, soothed by something near


UNSTEADY SCALES OF LIFE       
Last Line: All of equanimity's weights, %gleaming, in order


URNS, TANGLED FRUIT OF THE POPPY       
Last Line: We lose, the more


VALLEY       
First Line: By day it is all very different
Last Line: As if frightened by the roosters and the dogs


VARIATION ON TO SAY TO GO TO SLEEP       
First Line: If I could I would sing you to sleep


VASE PAINTING       
First Line: See how our cups penetrate each other
Last Line: Is the dancer's step


VASE PAINTING       
First Line: Notice how our cups penetrate each other
Last Line: Is the dancer's step


VENICE IN LATE AUTUMN       
First Line: The city now no longer drifts like bait
Last Line: Takes the great wind, shining and charged with fate


VISITATION OF MARY       
First Line: She still moved lightly at first
Last Line: Already leaped with delight


VOICES WARNED ME SO I DESISTED       


VOICES: THE SONG OF THE BEGGAR       
First Line: I go always from door to door
Last Line: To put my head


VOICES: THE SONG OF THE BLIND MAN       
First Line: I am blind, you out there, that is a curse
Last Line: And that entices you to caring


VOICES: THE SONG OF THE DRUNKARD       
First Line: It was not in me. It went out and in
Last Line: And toss me away in the dung


VOICES: THE SONG OF THE DWARF       
First Line: My soul may be straight and good
Last Line: And the dogs couldn't care less


VOICES: THE SONG OF THE IDIOT       
First Line: They don't stop me. They let me go
Last Line: Friendly, a little vague %how nice


VOICES: THE SONG OF THE LEPER       
First Line: Look, I am one whom all have abandoned
Last Line: Animals I'll try not to frighten


VOICES: THE SONG OF THE ORPHAN GIRL       
First Line: I am nobody and shall also be nobody
Last Line: Now he loves nothing anymore


VOICES: THE SONG OF THE SUICIDE       
First Line: All right now: just one last second more
Last Line: I'll require a diet


VOICES: THE SONG OF THE WIDOW       
First Line: In the beginning life was good to me
Last Line: And left me standing open
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage


VOICES: TITLE LEAF       
First Line: The rich and the fortunate can well keep quiet
Last Line: Whenever these maimed ones bother him


WAIT       
First Line: It is life in slow motion
Last Line: Made imaginary by this stop


WALK       
First Line: Already my gaze is on the hill, that sunlit one
Last Line: But we feel only the opposing wind


WALK       
First Line: My eyes already touch the sunny hill
Last Line: But what we feel is the wind in our faces
Subject(s): Men


WALK       
First Line: My eyes already touch that hill, sun-gold


WALK AT NIGHT       
First Line: Nothing is like something else. What is not wholly
Last Line: Parts among the stars. How they urge us on


WASHING THE CORPSE       
First Line: They'd gotten used to him. But
Last Line: Lay there, nude and immaculate, giving the orders


WATER LILY       
First Line: My whole life is mine, but whoever says so
Last Line: I attract the beyonds of mirrors


WAY IN       
First Line: Whoever you are; some evening take a step
Last Line: In the same moment that your will grasps it, %your eyes, feeling its subtlety, will leave it
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


WAY THAT BRIGHT PLANET, THE MOON       
First Line: The way that bright planet, the moon, exalted, full of purpose
Last Line: Ache more clearly for you


WAY WATER SURFACES SILENTLY       
Last Line: To give you my ascending %changing face


WE ARE ALL WORKMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: We are all workmen: prentice, journeyman
Last Line: God, you are vast.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


WE ARE JUST MOUTH       
Last Line: And then are being, change, and face


WE ARE NOT TO KNOW WHY       
Last Line: Makes us familiar with it


WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WE SPEND       
Last Line: Of yesterday's great luck. And the goddess herself %always


WE MUST DIE BECAUSE WE HAVE KNOWN THEM       
Last Line: Play inside him as though in quivering cages
Subject(s): Men


WE SAY RELEASE, AND RADIANCE, AND ROSES       


WE WAX FOR WANING       
Last Line: Blossom and book


WE WAX FOR WANING       
Last Line: Blossom and book


WE'RE DRAWN TO WHAT IS UNAWARE OF US       
Last Line: We live on, and we have done no harm


WE'RE ONLY MOUTH       
First Line: We're only mouth. Who sings the distant heart
Last Line: And then are being, transformation, visage


WE, IN THE GRAPPLING NIGHTS       
Last Line: We are a plunging stone


WE, IN THE STRUGGLING NIGHTS, FR. LAST POEMS       


WHAT BIRDS PLUNGE THROUGH       
First Line: What birds plunge through is not that intimate space
Last Line: Of your renouncing does it rise as tree


WHAT CAN SAY, WHEN I GO TO A WINDOW       
Last Line: Face isn't lifted, that longs for me now


WHAT FIELDS ARE FRAGRANT AS YOUR HANDS       
Last Line: By my tender caresses now


WHAT SURVIVES       
First Line: Who says that all must vanish
Last Line: An angel wears it after you


WHAT SURVIVES       
First Line: Who says that all must vanish?
Last Line: An angel wears it after you
Subject(s): Mourning


WHAT WILL YOU DO, GOD?    Poem Text    
First Line: What will you do, god, when I die?
Last Line: What will you do, god? I'm afeared.
Subject(s): Death; God; Dead, The


WHEN THE CLOCKS STRIKE       


WHITE LILY       
First Line: White lily, just by dint of being
Last Line: I preferred you among so many outlined joys


WHOEVER GRASPS       
First Line: Whoever grasps the thousand contradictions of his life
Last Line: Lifts him out of time on those compass legs


WIDOW'S SONG       
First Line: In the beginning life was good to me


WILD ROSEBUSH       
First Line: How it stands out against the darkenings
Last Line: And unprotected and having all I need


WILL I HAVE EXPRESSED IT BEFORE I LEAVE       
Last Line: Than this infatuated line


WILL-O'-THE-WISPS       
First Line: We have an old obscure connection
Last Line: And I have often watched myself go out %under my eyelid


WIND THAT GRIPS THIS COUNTRY LIKE A CRAFTSMAN       
Last Line: To offer his work the bright mirror of space


WOMAN GOING BLIND       
First Line: She sat just like the others sipping tea
Last Line: She would no longer walk, but soar in flight


WOMAN IN LOVE       
First Line: Yes I long for you. I glide
Last Line: Who doesn't know what even yesterday I was


WOMAN'S LAMENT: 1       
First Line: And the last perhaps will not return
Last Line: And I feel no one feeling me


WOMAN'S LAMENT: 2       
First Line: So like a door which won't stay closed
Last Line: And the nightingale is not in vain


WOOD POND, GENTLE, DEEP IN SELF-COMMUNION       
Last Line: Aren't delighting, from somewhere far off, inside %me


WORDS OF THE LORD TO JOHN ON PATMOS       
First Line: Behold: (for no tree shall distract you)
Last Line: In it the perishing proceeds


WORKS IN TRANSLATION       
First Line: I am the one, nightingale, I, whom you sing
Last Line: Cannot be avoided


WORLD WAS IN THE FACE OF THE BELOVED --       
Last Line: World, and as I drank I overflowed


YOU ARE THE FUTURE       
First Line: You are the future, the immense morning sky
Last Line: From a boat you are shore, from the shore a boat


YOU ARE THE FUTURE       
First Line: You are the future, the great sunrise red
Subject(s): Religion


YOU DECLARE YOU KNOW LOVE'S NIGHTS?       
Last Line: Which recollect like open faces?


YOU DON'T KNOW NIGHTS OF LOVE       
First Line: You don't know nights of love? Don't
Last Line: That keep remembering like eyes


YOU FEW, THE ONE-TIME SHARERS OF CHILDHOOD'S TREASURE       
Last Line: Pass, ah, fleetingly! Under the falling ball


YOU FEW, THE ONE-TIME SHARERS OF CHILDHOOD'S TREASURE       
Last Line: Pass, ah, fleetingly! Under the falling ball


YOU MUST MOURN FOR A LONG TIME       
Last Line: Will ever talk you out of it again


YOU NEED NOT BE AFRAID, GOD       
First Line: You need not be afraid, god. They say: my
Last Line: And growing ever sweeter, is its own
Subject(s): God


YOU THE BELOVED/LOST IN ADVANCE       
First Line: You the beloved %lost in advance, you the never-arrived
Last Line: Yesterday, alone, at evening


YOU WHO NEVER ARRIVED       
Last Line: Yesterday, separate, in the evening
Subject(s): Love


YOU, NEIGHBOR GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: You, neighbor god, if sometimes in the night
Last Line: Apart from you are exiles, hopeless of return.