comfort of open spaces

Sep 3, 2011


Oh the sight of a tall shedding tree:

to us it has grown to the limit of the sky

that breaks through its branches.

Filled with summer, almost thoughtful,

its faithful head seemed deep and thick.

But now its bones cross the sky like streets.

And the sky doesn’t know us.

At best, if we tried to warp

like birds through new openings,

we would be denied by the right of space

to consort only with worlds.

Like flags, the waves we feel in our seams

seek the connection and comfort of open spaces—

–Rainer Maria Rilke

translated by James Burnham

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