“The Gazelle” by Reiner Maria Rilke

Enchanted one: how shall the harmony
of two perfect words attain that rhyme
which ripples through you like a spell?
From your forehead rise leaf and lyre,

and all you are already moves in simile
through love-songs whose words, softly
like rose petals, settle on the gaze of one
who, no longer reading, closes his eyes:

and sees you there: transported, as if
each limb were charged with leaps and only
held its fire for the instant your neck
keeps your head still, listening: as when a woman
bathing in a forest hears something stir:
the lake’s reflection in her quick-turned face.

translated by Edward Snow


Art by Amanda Clark via http://earthangelsart.blogspot.pt/?m=1

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8 Responses to “The Gazelle” by Reiner Maria Rilke

  1. Hi Monika. Thanks for reminding me how great Rilke is. I need to cover some of his stuff on my blog soon. Cheers!


  2. Pingback: “The Gazelle” by Reiner Maria Rilke | lampmagician

  3. Beautiful Monika as is the art you have chosen too.. Wishing you all the very best for 2015 xxx ❤


  4. Beautiful! This is one I will save and savor.Thank you.

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