Parnassian Moments 4 December: René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke


The Boypoet Remembers....

René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke

Poet: René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke

Dates: 4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926

Nationality: Austrian

Title of Poem: Love Song

How can I keep my soul in me, so that
it doesn’t touch your soul? How can I raise
it high enough, past you, to other things?
I would like to shelter it, among remote
lost objects, in some dark and silent place
that doesn’t resonate when your depths resound.
Yet everything that touches us, me and you,
takes us together like a violin’s bow,
which draws *one* voice out of two separate strings.
Upon what instrument are we two spanned?
And what musician holds us in his hand?
Oh sweetest song.

Brief Biography: Rilke was a poet and novelist. He is widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets.

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I am a freelance writer and poet and started writing after raising my two boys as a way of discovering just who Jez is. That is still very much an on-going project but the journey so far has introduced me to many wonderful friends and fellow writers through an ever growing love of poetry.
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