Reading Rilke’s “Evening” Before Sleep

It reminds me of my youth; and alternately

my aging. This heart that drops stone-

complacent or lifts like mountains in

new birth: stirring, violent. You

look at me (do you see beyond what mirrors?) and

together we seek the burning secret of a star.


A “golden shovel” poem after the last line in Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Evening.”

4 thoughts on “Reading Rilke’s “Evening” Before Sleep”

    1. Thank you. I recently rediscovered my volume of Rilke’s works (with original German and English translations, side-by-side). It does make good bedtime reading. 🙂

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