Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Fall is for beautiful words

It always seems a little difficult to make the transition from summer (glorious, warm, hours and hours of daylight summer) to fall (wet, dark, cold, albeit colorful, fall). But there is a turning point for me when I give up on trying to wear summer skirts and I trade my sandals for boots. I drink tea all day long, and I look forward to cozying up with a book and my dog in the evening.
Fall always inspires me to go to my poetry book shelf and to ponder the beautiful, complex world we live in. And so I thought I would share an excerpt from Letters to a Young Poet, by Rainer Maria Rilke. Because his words are indeed beautiful.

Here, where I am surrounded by an enormous landscape, which the winds move across as they come from the seas, here I feel that there is no one anywhere who can answer for you those questions and feelings which, in their depths, have a life of their own; for even the most articulate people are unable to help, since what words point to is so very delicate, is almost unsayable. But even so, I think that you will not have to remain without a solution if you trust in Things that are like the ones my eyes are now resting upon. If you trust in Nature, in the small Things that hardly anyone sees and that can so suddenly become huge, immeasurable; if you have this love for what is humble and try very simply, as someone who serves, to win the confidence of what seems poor: then everything will become easier for you, more coherent and somehow more reconciling, not in your conscious mind perhaps, which stays behind, astonished, but in your innermost awareness, awakeness, and knowledge. You are so young, so much before all beginning, and I would like to beg you, dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.

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