You are the future * Rainer Maria Rilke

Du bist die Zukunft, großes Morgenrot

Du bist die Zukunft, großes Morgenrot
über den Ebenen der Ewigkeit.
Du bist der Hahnschrei nach der Nacht der Zeit,
der Tau, die Morgenmette und die Maid,
der fremde Mann, die Mutter und der Tod.

Du bist die sich verwandelnde Gestalt,
die immer einsam aus dem Schicksal ragt,
die unbejubelt bleibt und unbeklagt
und unbeschrieben wie ein wilder Wald.

Du bist der Dinge tiefer Inbegriff,
der seines Wesens letztes Wort verschweigt
und sich den Andern immer anders zeigt:
dem Schiff als Küste und dem Land als Schiff.

You are the future, The red sky before sunrise
Over the fields of time.

You are the cock’s crow when night is done,
You are the dew and the bells of matins,
Maiden, stranger, mother, death.

You create yourself in ever-changing shapes
That rise from the stuff of our days–
Unsung, unmourned, undescribed,
Like a forest we never knew.

You are the deep innerness of all things,
The last word that can never be spoken.
To each of us you reveal yourself differently:
To the ship as coastline, to the shore as a ship.

Rainer Maria Rilke, 20.9.1901, Westerwede

TheSevenFacedGod
Seven faced God: Mother, Maiden, Stranger, Death, Warrior

The Crone (holding a lantern), the Warrior (holding swords), the Mother (with open arms of mercy), the Father(holding scales of justice), the Maiden (a nude young woman), the Smith, and the Stranger (at lower left, not clearly visible; the Stranger represents death and the unknown

–From The Book of Pilgrimage by Rainer Maria Rilke; excerpted from Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God, Anita Barrows and Joanna Marie Macy, trans. (New York: Riverhead Trade, 2005), page 17

Thank you https://michaelsprayers.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/you-are-the-future/

 

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