Time and Again – Rainer Maria Rilke

Immer wieder, ob wir der Liebe Landschaft auch kennen
und den kleinen Kirchhof mit seinen klagenden Namen
und die furchtbar verschweigende Schlucht, in welcher die anderen
enden: immer wieder gehn wir zu zweien hinaus
unter die alten Bäume, lagern uns immer wieder
zwischen die Blumen, gegenüber dem Himmel.

Time and again, however we know the landscape of love
and the little churchyard there, with its sorrowing names,
and the frighteningly silent abyss, into which the others
fall: time and again the two of us will walk out together
under the ancient trees, lie down time and again
among the flowers, the sky above us.

Rilke[1875-1926] was considered one of the greatest German lyric poets of his day. He created the ‘object poem’ as an attempt to describe with utmost clarity physical objects, the ‘silence of their concentrated reality.’

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