Monday, September 30, 2013

the huge summer has gone by

A Walk

by Rainer Maria Rilke
translator Robert Bly

My eyes already touch the sunny hill.
going far beyond the road I have begun,
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it has an 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.

Autumn Day

by Rainer Maria Rilke
translator Stephen Mitchell

Lord: it is time. The huge summer has gone by.
Now overlap the sundials with your shadows,
and on the meadows let the wind go free.

Command the fruits to swell on tree and vine;
grant them a few more warm transparent days,
urge them on to fulfillment then, and press
the final sweetness into the heavy wine.

Whoever has no house now, will never have one.
Whoever is alone will stay alone,
will sit, read, write long letters through the evening,
and wander along the boulevards, up and down,
restlessly, while the dry leaves are blowing.

There - two beautiful Rilke poems to begin your week. And mine.

A quick walk for me this morning along the fence you see in these photos, and then getting down to work on a short piece of writing I've had in mind to do and keep getting distracted from. Resolve!

The stand of trees in the field has turned a lovely gold. And the grasses are such lovely colours.

Someone has taken sunflower heads from their garden and laced them into the fence so the birds can eat the seeds.

The weeds show no real sign of dying off.

The ones that have gone to seed look so beautifully ethereal....

Still some colour:

And then at the end of the walk we see Fantastic Mr. Coyote on the other side of the fence. The young one. We watched for quite some time while he pounced on mice, and chewed some down. Then pounced some more. He looked over at us quite a few times, and I was wishing I had my long lens for that. So these photos are cropped like crazy, quite blurry. Still gives the idea of this handsome fellow's life in the field.

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