Thursday, December 4, 2008

Happy Birthday, Rilke...

This morning I looked up some others who were born on December 4.

The S-D baby will likely share a birthday with several people including (but not limited to) Jay-Z, John Cotton, and Rainer Maria Rilke. The latter is whom Sarah was most excited about. So we got out Rilke and read her favorite poem by him. She wanted me to share it with you.

Ich liebe dich, du sanftestes Guesetz

I love you, gentlest of Ways,
who ripened us as we wrestled with you.

You, the great homesickness we could never shake off,
you, the forest that always surrounded us,

you, the song we sang in every silence,
you dark net threading through us,

on the day you made us you created yourself,
and we grew sturdy in your sunlight...

Let your hand rest on the rim of Heaven now
and mutely bear the darkness we bring over you.

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