“And that image, I conclude, could only be death”

Το κεφάλι του Θεού απουσιάζει, πάνθηρα, αλλά το φως Του ακόμα λάμπει μέσα στην πέτρα του σώματός Του.
Ρίχνει πάνω σου όλο το φως Του.
Σου λέει να φύγεις, να ελευθερωθείς, υπάρχει χρόνος, σου λέει, υπάρχει όσο λάμπει ακόμα αυτό το φως.

Όμως μόνο εσύ, πάνθηρα, μπορείς να δεις πέρα από τα κάγκελα του κλουβιού σου, εκείνη την εικόνα που συγκλονίζει το σώμα σου και σε καθηλώνει,
συντονισμένος όπως είσαι με την απουσία του Φωτός,
με την απουσία του κεφαλιού του Θεού
και με τα παλιά δάκρυα πάνω στη σελίδα που ακόμα σβήνουν τούτες εδώ τις τελευταίες γραμμές:

 “for here there is no place that does not see you. You must change your life”


The Panther

His vision, from the constantly passing bars,
has grown so weary that it cannot hold
anything else. It seems to him there are
a thousand bars; and behind the bars, no world.

As he paces in cramped circles, over and over,
the movement of his powerful soft strides
is like a ritual dance around a center
in which a mighty will stands paralyzed.

Only at times, the curtain of the pupils
lifts, quietly–. An image enters in,
rushes down through the tensed, arrested muscles,
plunges into the heart and is gone.


Archaic Torso of Apollo

We cannot know his legendary head
with eyes like ripening fruit. And yet his torso
is still suffused with brilliance from inside,
like a lamp, in which his gaze, now turned to low,

gleams in all its power. Otherwise
the curved breast could not dazzle you so, nor could
a smile run through the placid hips and thighs
to that dark center where procreation flared.

Otherwise this stone would seem defaced
beneath the translucent cascade of the shoulders
and would not glisten like a wild beast’s fur:

would not, from all the borders of itself,
burst like a star: for here there is no place
that does not see you. You must change your life.

Poems by Rainer Maria Rilke (translated by Stephen Mitchell)

Άδεια Creative Commons


2 thoughts on “RESONANT RILKE

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s