Go to the limits of your longing
22 May 2018
Caught the 8.20am bus and was reading Richard Rohr’s daily meditation and thought this Rilke poem was very apt to reflecting the journey – it is called “Go to the limits of your longing” by Rainer Rilke (1875-1926) translated from German By Joanna Macy & Anita Barrows – it works best if read aloud and slowly….
Go to the limits of your longing by Rainer Rilke
God speaks to each of us as he makes us,
then walks with us silently out of the night.
These are the words we dimly hear:
You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Flare up like a flame
and make big shadows I can move in.
Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Don’t let yourself lose me.
Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousness.
Give me your hand.
Book of Hours, I 59