From the recording Bloom
Kiersten Rose (music) & Rainer Maria Rilke (lyrics), translated by Anita Barrow and Joanna Macy.
Want the change
be inspired by the flame
where everything shines as it disappears.
The artist, when sketching,
loves nothing so much
as the curve of the body as it turns away.
Pour yourself out like a fountain
Flow into the knowledge that what you’re seeking
finishes often at the start,
and, with ending, begins.
What locks itself
in sameness has congealed.
Is it safer to be gray and numb?
What turns hard, becomes rigid
and is easily shattered.
Every happiness is the child of separation
it did not think it could survive.
And Daphne, becoming a laurel,
dares you to become the wind.