clearskies, bluewater

Insights, reflections and creative imaginings for our awakening world

Antonio Machado & Rilke

The wind, one brilliant day

by Antonio Machado

The wind, one brilliant day, called to my soul with an odor of jasmine.

 ”In return for the odor of my jasmine, I’d like all the odor of your roses.”

 ”I have no roses, all the flowers in my garden are dead.”

 ”Well then, I’ll take the withered petals and the yellow leaves and the waters of the fountain.”

 The wind left. And I wept. And I said to myself: ”What have you done with the garden that was entrusted to you?”

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You See I Want a Lot

by Rainer Maria Rilke

 You see, I want a lot. Perhaps I want everything:

The darkness that comes with every infinite fall

and the shivering blaze of every step up.

 

So many live on and want nothing,

and are raised to the rank of prince

by the slippery ease of their light judgments.

 

But what you love to see are faces

that do work and feel thirst.

 

You love most of all those who need you

as they need a crowbar or a hoe.

 

You have not grown old, and it is not too late

to dive into your increasing depths

where life calmly gives out its own secret.

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2 thoughts on “Antonio Machado & Rilke

  1. Did you know that Antonio Machado is buried at Collioure a stunning beach town about 45 minutes from me? Many people still come to lay flowers, take photos or just pay their respects.

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    • Cool! Your little corner of the world holds a great many treasures of all sorts, doesn’t it! Lucky you are to be so near so many wonders… not to mention the food, the wine, the sea…. I sigh to think of it….

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