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Sunshine
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0 posted 10-12-2002 05:52 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine



Rainer Sits My Shadow

Rainer sits my shadow
holding tender my thoughts in his
indescribable poet’s hands.

I did not know him
at first,
though, luckily, a fellow poet
introduced us,
and through the introduction,
he visits me now,
often,
so I asked his ghost to converse,
in an easy sort of way,
of what was,
and perhaps, what will be.

He sat, silently, almost
broodingly, his hooded brows over
dark eyes, his blood conveying
silent thoughts that only my Quill
could hear…

and then Quill spilled, like tears,
Rainer’s psyche into my soul…

Of all that has always been,
inside my mind
that aches to be released,
the knowledge that what lines unleashed
are never enough,

that a poet never says, this is adequate,
but reaches once again
for the unsayable
to find a way
to verse it just so…

that a poet experiments with all feelings,
in all writings,
in all ways
with every breath…

and he transmits
that a poet does not, no, never does
he, no, not once

stop writing,
for to do so, would be to
give up on light,
and feathers, it would be to
quit believing
in awe-inspirational shadows
that speak
to poets

in the quiet
through their quill
to their soul

or that shadows believe
in the unsayable.


~*~

http://www.geocities.com/Paris/LeftBank/4027/

A fellow Passions Poet recently commented by way of compliment that a poetic offering of mine reminded him of Rainer Maria Rilke.  Having never heard of Rilke, I found myself upon a marvelous journey of research on this amazing poet.  Because of the poet’s remarks, I refrained from reading “Letters to a Poet”.  After I finished my five part series Excerpts from "To a Poet" [which can now be seen in whole in Critical Analysis, and commented upon accordingly], I then read all of Rilke’s letters found upon the Internet.  I will now use them as reference materials for when my muse visits others, and leaves me vacant.  

For those of you who have not read Rilke, you are in for a treat.  For those of you who know him through his writings, I hope you feel I have done him a little justice.  For the poet who blessed me with his kind remarks, I thank you, and owe you…immeasurably.  I do not know that I will ever be able to repay you, but if some day I should find a way to do so, please know, I will.



[This message has been edited by Sunshine (10-12-2002 10:10 PM).]

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Ahhh Haaaa Sunshine, gotcha!!

So that's what it's all about..!

I happen to love Rilke, have done for a while.  I have been reading Robert Bly's Selected poems of Rainer Maria Rilke only last week..... wonderful!

Did you know what a horrid mother he had?  She wanted a girl not a boy and insisted in dressing him as such and called him Maria!

Anyway, interesting poem.

Rob
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2 posted 10-12-2002 09:21 PM       View Profile for Magnus   Email Magnus   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Magnus



O hour of my muse: why do you leave me,
Wounding me by the wingbeats of your flight?
Alone: what shall I use my mouth to utter?

How shall I pass my days? And how my nights?

I have no one to love. I have no home.
There is no center to sustain my life.
All things to which I give myself grow rich
and leave me spent, impoverished, alone.

(quote of Rainer Maria Rilke)

Sun,  thank you for the exposure to yet
another brilliant Poet....

If but once the quill
of worn and weary soul convey..

the words of mortal and modest man
who wishes but once to be...

called a poet....

Thanx Sun...this is a pleasure read,  you
and he both...
the_loner_23
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3 posted 10-12-2002 09:22 PM       View Profile for the_loner_23   Email the_loner_23   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for the_loner_23

Beautiful. Enjoyed the read

Cold hands means a warm heart

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Well done!  I also learn with your teaching... another excellent poet to read.
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WOW!!! Oh my gosh, from one poet heart to another your wonderful inspiration continues to expand before us all! (big hugggsssss) This is excelent, sweet friend, I too would love to read Rilke right now as your poetry always amzes me and I am a big fan of it and any inspiration of yours is a friend to us all! (smiles) This is magnificent, sweet friend, we all love you so much! You have such a beautiful heart, sweet Karilea, thank you for sharing!



May love and light always shine upon you!

Love,
Noah Eaton

"Underneath your clothes there's an endless story..."

Shakira

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6 posted 10-12-2002 09:55 PM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

Wonderful Karilea...
Now you have given me something
and someone else new to look into!
~Hugs~
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See what you have done to me.....

I sit...with mist filled eyes...
With tingles coursing one’s spine...
With lust and desire, a raging fire
as black ink boils within the well..
Waiting.....waiting to be free..

Let out the beating flesh filled quill of hand...
Steady the tremors of anxiousness..
Quell the fear to fail, for failure can not be.
A poet waits to be...to hear the word....
To feel......the feel of a poet......
Bill Charles
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8 posted 10-12-2002 10:06 PM       View Profile for Bill Charles   Email Bill Charles   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bill Charles

Sunshine - a great write and a great read. Rainer, I must become acquainted...

BC
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9 posted 10-12-2002 10:13 PM       View Profile for Gemini   Email Gemini   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gemini

You are as blessed as Rainer himself in that you give the quill a life of its own.  Nicely done.
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10 posted 10-13-2002 03:11 PM       View Profile for Charisma   Email Charisma   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Charisma's Home Page   View IP for Charisma

im in awe......beautiful done Karilea!!

((hugs))
Charisma
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11 posted 10-14-2002 07:50 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Beautifully done, Karilea! And I shall check out his writings. Thank you!
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Ranier couldn't have chosen a better medium, my friend - Just keep on blessing us with that musing work...
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13 posted 10-14-2002 09:56 AM       View Profile for RSWells   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for RSWells

"Go into yourself. Search for the reason that bids you write; find out whether it is spreading out its roots in the deepest places of your heart, acknowledge to yourself whether you would have to die if it were denied you write. This above all- ask yourself in the stillest hour of your night; must I write?........if you may meet this earnest question with a strong and simple "I must," then build your life according to this necessity;........Then try, like some first human being, to say what you see and experience and Love and lose."
          "Letters To A Young Poet"
            Ranier Maria Rilke

  The temptation is to reprint the entire 123 pages here. You do all a favor in passing this blessing along and show your own wisdom in being open and hungry for it, but then we must eh?
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We must write because we've no other choice, for a poet to not write would surely mean their death in part...for their words give life
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Karilea~
This is a breathtaking and powerful write, my friend.
I found myself in awe as I read and this spoke to me
in a way that I cannot put into words.
Simply put...I needed to read this tonight.
I'm so glad you shared it.
Hugs to you,
~Vicky

"...until you have read the verse on his heart,
you have not truly met the poet.
~vlraynes

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Thank you for this, Karilea!
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Exquisite, especially:

but reaches once again
                       for the unsayable
                       to find a way
                       to verse it just so…

                                          
                       that a poet does not, no, never does
                       he, no, not once

                       stop writing,
                       for to do so, would be to
                       give up on light,
                       and feathers,

Whether on the shoal or on the shore,
I'll seek the lighthouse evermore.

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18 posted 10-19-2002 03:46 PM       View Profile for Gentle Spirit   Email Gentle Spirit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gentle Spirit

Oh Kari, thank you so very much not only for this beautiful treasure of such meaningful words, but also for the introduction.  I believe I will be spending some time in seeking out his words.  Thank you....
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19 posted 05-26-2004 12:35 AM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Karilea, when I read the poem you posted on #32 I did some research myself, just like you.  Now I am going to read him, as well.  Thank you for sharing your talent and his.   .....jo
 
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