12/05/2021 – 12/12/2021 Weekly Poem – I Am Much Too Alone In This World, Yet Not Alone – By Rainer Maria Rilke

“I Am Much Too Alone in This World, Yet Not Alone”
By: Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by: Annemarie S. Kidder

I am much too alone in this world, yet not alone
    enough
to truly consecrate the hour.
I am much too small in this world, yet not small
    enough
to be to you just object and thing,
dark and smart.
I want my free will and want it accompanying
the path which leads to action;
and want during times that beg questions,
where something is up,
to be among those in the know,
or else be alone.

I want to mirror your image to its fullest perfection,
never be blind or too old
to uphold your weighty wavering reflection.
I want to unfold.
Nowhere I wish to stay crooked, bent;
for there I would be dishonest, untrue.
I want my conscience to be
true before you;
want to describe myself like a picture I observed
for a long time, one close up,
like a new word I learned and embraced,
like the everyday jug,
like my mother’s face,
like a ship that carried me along
through the deadliest storm.


Poems of the Week for The Monarch Writers.com

are chosen by our resident poet Jennifer Patino of ThistleThoughts.com

Cover image is a photo of plant sculpture ‘Thrive’ by Daniel Popper

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