Lange musst du leiden

Lange musst du leiden, kennend nicht was,
bis plötzlich aus gehässig erbissener Frucht
deines Leidens Geschmack eintritt in dir.
Und da liebst du schon fast das Gekostete. Keiner
redet dirs wieder aus

“Long you must suffer, knowing not what,
until suddenly out of spitefully chewed fruit, your suffering’s taste comes forth in you.

Then you will love almost instantly what’s tasted. No one will ever talk you out of it.”

Rainer Maria Rilke, 10.3.1913, Paris
Gedichte 1906 bis 1926.
(Sammlung der verstreuten und nachgelassenen Gedichte aus den mittleren und späten Jahren.)

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