Walking With Rilke

Walking snowy cliff paths east, I rest

at the promontory with water

and a book of hours at noon.

Spontaneously received, the Sun’s inner light charges,

grasps me, and waves the wind west.


                                      Photo by Aconcagua 

A much nicer cliff walk than mine, this is Duino Castle near Trieste, Italy, where Rainer Maria Rilke began writing the Duino Elegies. He said he heard spontaneously received the first line – Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the Angelic Orders? – as a voice in the wind while walking along the cliffs and that he wrote it quickly in his notebook.

See this post for some background on the inspiration for this poem.


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