Category Archives: Rainer Maria Rilke

“Dein allererstes Wort war: Licht” by Rainer Maria Rilke

Your first word of all was light,
and time began. Then for long you were silent.

Your second word was man, and fear began,
which grips us still.

Are you about to speak again?
I don’t want your third word.

Sometimes I pray: Please don’t talk.
Let all your doing be by gesture only.
Go on writing in faces and in stone
what your silence means.

You be our refuge from the wrath
that drove us out of Paradise.

Be our sheperd, but never call us–
we can’t bear to know what’s ahead.

You, Darkness by Rainer Maria Rilke

You, Darkness

You, darkness, that I come from
I love you more than all the fires
that fence in the world,
for the fire makes a circle of light for everyone
and then no one outside learns of you.

But the darkness pulls in everything-
shapes and fires, animals and myself,
how easily it gathers them! –
powers and people –

and it is possible a great presence is moving near me.

I have faith in nights.

– Rainer Maria Rilke