Going Blind

She sat there like the others at their tea.
At first, it seemed to me she raised her cup
not quite the way the others held theirs up.
She smiled—an almost painful thing to see.

And when at last they rose from tea, and spoke,
and walked off languidly, at random through
the many rooms, still laughing at some joke,
or talking, there she was: she walked a few

steps back, a bit reserved, like someone who’ll
be singing soon before a packed salon.
From out-of-doors, light came to settle on
her joyful eyes as if upon a pool.

She followed slowly, with some hesitation,
as if an obstacle remained to try
her, yet as if—after a transformation—
she knew she would no longer walk, but fly.

–Ranier Maria Rilke


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Comments (8)

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    iheartteasJanuary 26th, 2013 at 6:47 pm      

    Lovely. :)

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      amyohJanuary 27th, 2013 at 11:20 am      

      Thanks – I rather liked it! Will have to get around to painting something again soon as well..

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    jackieJanuary 28th, 2013 at 1:46 pm      

    Wow, you wrote this Amy? Beautiful. What inspired you to write this? Would love to know more…

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    amyohJanuary 28th, 2013 at 2:22 pm      

    It was written by Rilke… i forgot to credit

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      jackieJanuary 28th, 2013 at 4:59 pm      

      Ah. It must be quite flattering to be compared to Rilke. ;)

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        amyohFebruary 1st, 2013 at 8:07 am      

        Yes – I get that all the time… if only! :)

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    xavierJanuary 29th, 2013 at 11:19 am      

    A tea butterfly?

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      amyohFebruary 1st, 2013 at 8:06 am      

      Could be!