I am much too alone

October 27, 2013 by  

I Am Much Too Alone in This World, Yet Not Alone

by Rainer Maria Rilke

Pinwheel Girl Heart

I am much too alone in this world,
yet not alone enough to truly consecrate the hour.
I am much too small in this world,
yet not small enough to be to you just object and thing,
dark and smart.
I want my free will and want it accompanying the path which leads to action;
and want during times that beg questions,
where something is up,
to be among those in the know,
or else be alone.

I want to mirror your image to its fullest perfection,
never be blind or too old to uphold your weighty wavering reflection.
I want to unfold.
Nowhere I wish to stay crooked, bent;
for there I would be dishonest, untrue.
I want my conscience to be true before you;
want to describe myself like a picture I observed for a long time,
one close up,
like a new word I learned and embraced,
like the everday jug,
like my mother’s face,
like a ship that carried me along through the deadliest storm.

Translated by Annemarie S. Kidder

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