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‘Go to the limits of your longing’ by Rainer Maria Rilke

‘Go to the limits of your longing’ by Rainer Maria Rilke

 

 

 

 

God speaks to each of us as he makes us,

then walks with us silently out of the night.

These are the words we dimly hear:

You, sent out beyond your recall,

go to the limits of your longing.

Embody me.

Flare up like a flame

and make big shadows I can move in.

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.

Just keep going. No feeling is final.

Don’t let yourself lose me.

Nearby is the country they call life.

You will know it by its seriousness.

Give me your hand.

Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke

(Translated by Joanna Macy & Anita Barrow)

 
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Publicado por en septiembre 6, 2014 en Poems

 

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Life Story by Tennesee Williams

Two Lovers Sculpture by Gustav Vigeland (1869 - 1943)

Two Lovers Sculpture by Gustav Vigeland (1869 – 1943)

 

By Tennessee Williams 1911–1983

After you’ve been to bed together for the first time,
without the advantage or disadvantage of any prior acquaintance,
the other party very often says to you,
Tell me about yourself, I want to know all about you,
what’s your story? And you think maybe they really and truly do
 
sincerely want to know your life story, and so you light up
a cigarette and begin to tell it to them, the two of you
lying together in completely relaxed positions
like a pair of rag dolls a bored child dropped on a bed.
 
You tell them your story, or as much of your story
as time or a fair degree of prudence allows, and they say,
       Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh,
each time a little more faintly, until the oh
is just an audible breath, and then of course
 
there’s some interruption. Slow room service comes up
with a bowl of melting ice cubes, or one of you rises to pee
and gaze at himself with the mild astonishment in the bathroom mirror.
And then, the first thing you know, before you’ve had time
to pick up where you left off with your enthralling life story,
they’re telling you their life story, exactly as they’d intended to all along,
 
and you’re saying, Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh,
each time a little more faintly, the vowel at last becoming
no more than an audible sigh,
as the elevator, halfway down the corridor and a turn to the left,
draws one last, long, deep breath of exhaustion
and stops breathing forever. Then?
 
Well, one of you falls asleep
and the other one does likewise with a lighted cigarette in his mouth,
and that’s how people burn to death in hotel rooms.
 
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Publicado por en marzo 18, 2014 en Poems

 

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Love letter: Zelda Sayre to F. Scott Fitzgerald

Love letter: Zelda Sayre to F. Scott Fitzgerald
Photo: F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald-1920

 

Spring 1919

Sweetheart,

            Please, please don’t be so depressed — We’ll be married soon, and then these lonesome nights will be over forever — and until we are, I am loving, loving every tiny minute of the day and night –

            Maybe you won’t understand this, but sometimes when I miss you most, it’s hardest to write — and you always know when I make myself — Just the ache of it all — and I can’t tell you.

            If we were together, you’d feel how strong it is — you’re so sweet when you’re melancholy. I love your sad tenderness — when I’ve hurt you — That’s one of the reasons I could never be sorry for our quarrels — and they bothered you so — Those dear, dear little fusses, when I always tried so hard to make you kiss and forget —

            Scott — there’s nothing in all the world I want but you — and your precious love — All the material things are nothing.

            I’d just hate to live a sordid, colorless existence — because you’d soon love me less — and less — and I’d do anything — anything — to keep your heart for my own — I don’t want to live — I want to love first, and live incidentally –

             Why don’t you feel that I’m waiting — I’ll come to you, Lover, when you’re ready — Don’t don’t ever think of the things you can’t give me — You’ve trusted me with the dearest heart of all — and it’s so damn much more than anybody else in all the world has ever had —

            How can you think deliberately of life without me — If you should die — O Darling — darling Scott — It’d be like going blind. I know I would, too, — I’d have no purpose in life — just a pretty — decoration.

            Don’t you think I was made for you? I feel like you had me ordered — and I was delivered to you — to be worn — I want you to wear me, like a watch — charm or a button hole boquet — to the world.

            And then, when we’re alone, I want to help — to know that you can’t do anything without me.

            I’m glad you wrote Mamma. It was such a nice sincere letter — and mine to St. Paul was very evasive and rambling. I’ve never, in all my life, been able to say anything to people older than me — Somehow I just instinctively avoid personal things with them — even my family. Kids are so much nicer.

All my love.

I love you.

Zelda.

 
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Publicado por en marzo 10, 2014 en Letters

 

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“Love’s Philosophy” by Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Love’s Philosophy

By Percy Bysshe Shelley

The fountains mingle with the river
   And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever
   With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
   All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle.
   Why not I with thine?—
See the mountains kiss high heaven
   And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
   If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth
   And the moonbeams kiss the sea:
What is all this sweet work worth
   If thou kiss not me?
 
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Publicado por en febrero 24, 2014 en Poems

 

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“The Love Book” is… a book

“The Love Book” is… a book

Allie Esiri conceived and co-created recently the great and beautiful “The Love Book” app in which you can enjoy some of the most beautiful classic and contemporary poems, letters and prose on the always intriguing and exciting theme of love. Some of them, reading by Gina Bellman, Helena Bonhan Carter, Damien Lewis, Tom Hiddleston, Helen McCory and Emma Watson. Now, this application has gone further and has turned into this lovely book.

“The Love Book” is just what its name reflects: A book full of words dedicated to love, guided by the hands of such extraordinary writers in the English language such as William Shakespeare, E.E. Cummings, T.S.Elliot, Emily Dickinson, Scott Fitzgerald, etc. With a delicate, sober and delicious illustration both on the cover and inside, this splendid collection will plunge you into the talents of some authors who managed to give such a valuable thing called love much more than simple words, they gave eloquence and elegance. In the words of Allie Esiri in her foreword: “Because no one can express love more eloquently or elegantly than the poet.”

Its elegant and accessibility makes this book a little treasure to enjoy at any time and place.

Nothing better to celebrate my birthday with this gift wrapped in poetry received yesterday and I recommend you.

Here I leave you with one of the poems which you can find into the pages of “The Love Book”.

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CLOSE CLOSE ALL NIGHT

Close close all night

the lovers keep.

They turn together

in their sleep.

 

Close as two pages

in a book

that read each other

in the dark.

 

Each knows all

the other knows,

learned by heart

from head to toes.

ELIZABETH BISHOP

 
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Publicado por en febrero 22, 2014 en Books, Poems

 

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