Poem: Go to the Limits of Your Longing
Poem: Go to the Limits of Your Longing

Poem: Go to the Limits of Your Longing

Appears in Spring 2011 Issue: Letters to the Young
March 1 st 2011

God speaks to each of us as he makes us,
then walks with us silently out of the night.

These are the words we dimly hear:

You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Embody me.

Flare up like a flame
and make big shadows I can move in.

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Don't let yourself lose me.

Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousness.

Give me your hand.

Rainer Maria Rilke
 
Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist, "widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets," writing in both verse and highly lyrical prose.

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