“Earth, isn’t this what you want?” (Poem)

by Rainer Maria Rilke


Earth, isn’t this what you want?

To arise in us, invisible?⠀
Is it not your dream, to enter us so wholly⠀
there’s nothing left outside us to see?⠀

What, if not transformation,⠀
is your deepest purpose?

Earth, my love,⠀
I want it too.

Believe me,⠀
no more of your springtimes are needed⠀
to win me over — even one flower⠀
is more than enough.

Before I was named⠀
I belonged to you.

I see no other law⠀
but yours, and know I can trust⠀
the death you will bring.⠀

Rainer Maria Rilke


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The InvitationOriah Mountain Dreamer
The Guest HouseRumi
The Way It IsWilliam Stafford
The JourneyMary Oliver
Wild GeeseMary Oliver
RosesMary Oliver
The Man in the GlassPeter Dale Wimbrow Sr.
Earth, isn't this what you want?Rainer Maria Rilke
The Idea of Order at Key WestWallace Stevens