Casa Poema - Famous Poems, New Poetry, Photos and Quotes

Rainer Maria Rilke - Childhood

Home Page | Poems | Famous Poets | Love Poetry | Nature Poetry | Spiritual Poetry | Poems to Inspire | Poems of Loss | Grief and Healing | Women Poets | Poemas en Espanol | USA Poets | Poetry On Family | Children | Short Poems | Narrative Poetry | Funny Poems | Friendship Poems | on Writing | Quotes | Mentors | Courage | Moxxor | Donate, Gift, Appreciation


It would be good to give much thought, before
you try to find words for something so lost,
for those long childhood afternoons you knew
that vanished so completely --and why?

We're still reminded--: sometimes by a rain,
but we can no longer say what it means;
life was never again so filled with meeting,
with reunion and with passing on

as back then, when nothing happened to us
except what happens to things and creatures:
we lived their world as something human,
and became filled to the brim with figures.

And became as lonely as a sheperd
and as overburdened by vast distances,
and summoned and stirred as from far away,
and slowly, like a long new thread,
introduced into that picture-sequence
where now having to go on bewilders us.

-Rainer Maria Rilke

Translated by Edward Snow

Famous Poets

Famous Writers Quotes

Go Home

Send us your favorite poem by
Rainer Maria Rilke