Poet: René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke
Dates: 4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926
Title of Poem: A Walk
My eyes already touch the sunny hill.
going far ahead of the road I have begun.
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it has inner light, even from a distance-
and charges us, even if we do not reach it,
into something else, which, hardly sensing it,
we already are; a gesture waves us on
answering our own wave…
but what we feel is the wind in our faces.
Translated by Robert Bly
Brief Biography: Rilke was a poet and novelist. He is widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets.