Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Solitude..(with Rainer Maria Rilke)


Does not depend
On the absence of clamor..
But first appreciation
Seems borne by silence..
Carrying a recognition 
Available to each of us
That Solitude introduced
May be a portal to
Our Self...

Solitude Will Be a Support

It is good that you are about to enter a profession [the military] that will make you self-sufficient and set you on your own feet. Wait patiently to see if your inner life narrows in the grip of this profession. I consider it to be a very difficult and challenging one, for it is greatly burdened with conventions and allows little room for personal interpretations of its duties. But in the midst of these very unfamiliar conditions your inner solitude will be a support and a home to you. It will be the starting point of all your journeys.
~~Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

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