A Love Song

Why should we not touch our souls
With one bow and hear
Separate strings sing one melody,
One voice to dive into
An echo
Between hills carved by Masters
Who could not have known of us?

They began our song
Before words stirred our tongues
Like a kiss
Born inside
A flower pushing up through dirt
To follow the path of Apollo

Its pedals,
Dripping with dew,
Swallow one ray of light.
Lips trembling,
At last,
Strong enough
For Love. Β 

Rilke Project Number 4

a response to:

Love Song

How can I keep my soul in me, so that
it doesn’t touch your soul? How can I raise
it high enough, past you, to other things?
I would like to shelter it, among remote
lost objects, in some dark and silent place
that doesn’t resonate when your depths resound.
Yet everything that touches us, me and you,
takes us together like a violin’s bow,
which draws *one* voice out of two separate strings.
Upon what instrument are we two spanned?
And what musician holds us in his hand?
Oh sweetest song.

Rainer Maria Rilke

12 thoughts on “A Love Song

  1. S Francis says:

    Thank you so much, Eugenia. I was very happy to finally be able to complete this poem yesterday… well complete for now at least! Never know what my meddling mind might do with it in a few months… 😝 I am very happy with the response it has received though and glad you enjoyed it!

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  2. S Francis says:

    Thank you so much. I wish the you tube video were me! 😝 sadly I am not able to read Rilke in his original form, but I wish I could. I have always loved his poetry. His Letters to a Young Poet remains one of the most profound books I have ever read.

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  3. MOMENTS says:

    Yours is a lovely poem after Rilke’s. As I equally understand English and German I have enjoyed everything, also the reading of the poems in the two languages.

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  4. S Francis says:

    I am doing well… again πŸ˜‚

    Thank you for visiting my page and your comment. Reading my poems has given a new dimension to me as well, and quite fun.

    Big hugs back to you!!

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  5. Patty says:

    Hi Stephen,
    It’s been a while since my last visit to your website. I hope you’re doing well (again).
    Love your voice! It gives an extra dimension to the poem. Marvelous.
    Big hugs, XxX

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  6. S Francis says:

    Thank you so much, this poem has been brewing for quite some time, and was finally able to finish it up today. Rilke is a great inspiration to me. πŸ€“


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