06 April 2009

poem for april

Early Spring
by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Albert Ernest Flemming

Harshness vanished. A sudden softness
has replaced the meadows’ wintry grey.
Little rivulets of water changed
their singing accents. Tendernesses,

hesitantly, reach toward the earth
from space, and country lanes are showing
these unexpected subtle risings
that find expression in the empty trees.


  1. Anonymous12:19 AM

    Everything is beautiful around here and we've had Spring for quite some time. I'm glad to see it's coming your way.

    Do you have a favorite poet?

  2. One of my Rilke favorites is Herbst (Autumn), at the opposite end of the year.

  3. fgg: Things are finally waking up! Got a lot of weeding to do this weekend and some planting, too (cherry tree, apple tree, blueberry bushes). I don't know that I have one favorite poet. A few I like to dip into are Jane Kenyon, Philip Larkin, Robert Frost, the psalms... Do you have some favorites or one particular favorite?

    James: I'm not as familiar with Rilke as I'd like to be. I just looked up Autumn. Gorgeous. I wish I read German!

  4. Anonymous1:05 PM

    That poem is absolutely beautiful, and your photo, a perfect illustration. The light is wonderful. I love Rilke.

  5. Anonymous9:54 PM

    Hmmm, let's see...Robert Frost is good--but there is one who has an amazing life story and it's, Joyce Kilmer. The House With Nobody In It reminds me of all the old homes lost and forgotten.

    A famous artist named Essick Dempsy painted a picture of my ggggmother's house. I want that painting but it's not in my budget. The old house is not too far from my house. I just love it and all the history. The print is called "Good Morning Miss Delapp"

    Cherry, Apple, Blueberry.....yum!

  6. Thanks, Nancy! Glad to hear that the peepers are out where you are. They've been making a lot of noise for us the past few weeks.

    Anna, I'll have to look into Joyce Kilmer and The House With Nobody In It. I found "Good Morning Miss Delapp" online. That's a beautiful house (and print).