8/15/20

Reading from “Sonnets to Orpheus” by Rainer Maria Rilke, trans Robert Bly. For the Feast of the Ascent of Sophia, August 15, 2020. (Note: I adapted the gender to reflect the essence of this feast day celebration). To praise is…

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Reading from “Sonnets to Orpheus” by Rainer Maria Rilke, trans Robert Bly.
For the Feast of the Ascent of Sophia, August 15, 2020.
(Note: I adapted the gender to reflect the essence of this feast day celebration).

To praise is the whole thing! The one who can praise
comes toward us ike ore out of the silences
of rock. Her heart, that dies, presses out
for others a wine that is fresh forever.

When the god’s energy takes hold of her,
her voice never collapses in the dust.
Everything turns to vineyards, everything turns to grapes,
made ready for harvest by her powerful south.

The mold in the catacomb of the king
does not suggest that her praising is lies, nor
the fact that the gods cast shadows.

She is one of the servants who does not go away,
who still holds through the doors
of the tomb trays of shining fruit.

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