To begin 

“If the angel deigns to come,
it will be because you have convinced her
not by tears, but by your humble resolve
to be always beginning; to be a beginner.”
[Rainer Maria Rilke]

2 thoughts on “To begin ”

  1. Rainer Maria Rilke: “A Walk”

    My eyes already touch the sunny hill,
    going far ahead of the road I have begun.
    So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
    it has its inner light, even from a distance—

    and changes us, even if we do not reach it,
    into something else, which, hardly sensing it,
    we already are; a gesture waves us on,
    answering our own wave…
    but what we feel is the wind in our faces.

    “A Walk” by Rainer Maria Rilke

    Translated by Robert Bly


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