Apparently this is National Poetry Month, I had no idea until this morning. I love poetry. This must be something that runs in the family. My Grandma Joye was a poet, and my mother routinely tries to abscond with my Norton’s Anthology of Poetry (Don’t worry, I know where to find it.) There’s just something about it that tugs at my soul a bit. As much as I enjoy the rhythm as a poem flows, I don’t read poems very often. Discovering amazing poets that I’d never explored before has inspired me to read more poems. So, today, I’m sharing a poem by a poet I never studied in school or had even really heard of until a few years ago. He’s actually become one of my favorites though.
As Once the Winged Energy of Delight
As once the winged energy of delight
carried you over childhood’s dark abysses,
now beyond your own life build the great
arch of unimagined bridges.
Wonders happen if we can succeed
in passing through the harshest danger;
but only in a bright and purely granted
achievement can we realize the wonder.
To work with Things in the indescribable
relationship is not too hard for us;
the pattern grows more intricate and subtle,
and being swept along is not enough.
Take your practiced powers and stretch them out
until they span the chasm between two
contradictions…For the god
wants to know himself in you.Rainer Maria Rilke