Poetry Month: The Wait (Rilke)

The Wait

It is life in slow motion,
it’s the heart in reverse,
it’s a hope-and-a-half:
too much and too little at once.

It’s a train that suddenly stops with no station around,
and we can hear the cricket,
and, leaning out the carriage

door, we vainly contemplate
a wind we feel that stirs
the blooming meadows, the meadows
made imaginary by this stop

– Rainer Maria Rilke, from The Migration of Powers in The Complete French Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke (trans. A. Poulin, Jr.)

Poem Hunter has a nice selection of Rilke poems if you want more.

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3 thoughts on “Poetry Month: The Wait (Rilke)

    1. Thanks. I love this one, too. I stumbled across it a couple years ago while reading some Rilke and had never seen it before either. I’m surprised it’s not more well known.

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