Friday, June 13, 2008

A Quote from Rainer Maria Rilke
My friend Rod McDaniel, in Heidelberg, translated this from the German. It's from a letter Rilke wrote to Witold Hulewicz in November 1925. Rilke was such an amazing mystic and visionary, as well as an astounding poet. . .

"It is our task to imprint this temporary, perishable earth into ourselves so deeply, so painfully and passionately, that its essence can rise again, invisibly, inside us. We are the bees of the invisible. We wildly collect the honey of the visible, to store it in the great golden hive of the invisible."

"Everything transient is plunging into the depths of being. . ."