MYSTICAL POEMS: “Release, and radiance, and roses” by Rainer Maria Rilke


“Release, and radiance, and roses”

We say release, and radiance, and roses,

and echo upon everything that’s known;

and yet, behind the world our names enclose is

the nameless: our true archetype and home.

The sun seems male, and earth is like a woman,

the field is humble, and the forest proud;

but over everything we say, inhuman,

moves the forever-undetermined god.

We grow up; but the world remains a child.

Star and flower, in silence, watch us go.

And sometimes we appear to be the final

exam they must succeed on. And they do.

—Rainer Maria Rilke

Stephen Mitchell version


12 Comments Add yours

  1. Margaret says:

    Beautiful words Anjali. The shell background reminds me of a gift I brought to my mum from Spain in 1978. Virgin Mary standing in a grotto with a shell as the background. Thank you

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    1. That is lovely Margaret! What a beautiful gift , your mom must have truly appreciated it. What a wonderful memory! Have a joyful week-end! ❤

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      1. Margaret says:

        Thank you for the reminder about the gift Anjali & a joyful week ❤️

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  2. Once we release ourselves to nature and to our true self then there is abundance of radiance and fragrances of roses. Lovely poem, Amira.

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    1. Oh that is beautiful dear Kamal! Could that be the start of a new poem for you… ? Have a beautiful creative and inspired week-end! ❤


      1. Oh ya it sure can be Amira but will have to tell my mind to be more creative. Will think about it. Happy weekend to you too 😊😊😊😊

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        1. You already are very creative dear friend! “The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first steps”, and you already have the first sentences to get you started 🙂


          1. Oh so beautifully said Amira. Yes the journey starts with the first step. Will surely make a poem. Thanks for your kind words ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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          2. You put a smile on my face dear Kamal! ❤ So glad to hear it! 🙂


          3. ☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️ smiling emojis for you dear Amira.♥️♥️♥️♥️

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  3. LindaP says:

    Beautiful poem!

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