Today is Rainer Maria Rilke’s Birthday.
If you have been a frequent visitor to my blog, you will know that I am a big fan of his writings. It began in college when I read Letters to a Young Poet--an inspiring collection of words for any creative person. Two passages from that book that come back to me from time to time, and one of them happens to be the daily reflection for today in A Year With Rilke: Daily Readings from the Best of Rainer Maria Rilke, translated and edited by Joanna Macy and Anita Barrows.
The experience of loving, that now disappoints so many, can actually change and be transformed from the ground up into the building of a relationship between two human beings, not just a man and a woman. And this more authentic love will be evident in the utterly considerate, gentle and clear manner of its binding and releasing. It will resemble what we now struggle to prepare: the love that consists of two solitudes which border, protect and greet each other.
PS–This collage might change, I’m not sure I like the piece of text at the bottom…