Rainer Maria Rilke - An Lou Andre-Salome
TO LOU ANDRE-SALOME
I kept myself too open, I forgot
there were not only things out there
and animals in habit self-secure, whose eye
no less reached out of their life’s roundness
than a picture framed;
that I in all things ceaselessly drew glances
into me: glances, opinion, curiosity.
Who knows, are eyes not formed in space
and dwell close by. Ah, but impelled to you alone
my face is not displayed, but grows
within you and is darkly multiplied
into infinity within your guarded heart.
Just like a cloth on stifled breath,
no: as it is pressed upon a wound
from which life’s fullness, in a surge
tries to escape, I held you to me: I saw
you blushed before me. We then recovered all
that time always forbade. I ripened strangely
in every impulse of omitted youth,
and you, Beloved, had possessed some
wildest childhood to command my heart.
Remembrance here is not enough, there needs
remain pure being from these moments
upon my inmost ground, some precipitate
of the immensely overfilled solution.
For I do not commemorate, what I am
touches me for your sake. I do not invent
you in sad chilled out places
from which you moved away; even your absence
is warm from you and truer, worth more
than all renouncing. Yearning too often passes
nto uncertainty. Why should I cast myself
aside, while to me your influence is perhaps as light
as moonbeams to a window-seat.
Special Award Poetry Film Competition Vienna 2017
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