Thursday, March 3, 2011

you will become


You too will find your strength.
We who must live in this time
cannot imagine how strong you will become -
how strange, how surprising,
yet familiar as yesterday.
We will sense you
like a fragrance from a nearby garden
and watch you move through our days
like a shaft of sunlight in a sickroom.
We will not be herded into churches,
for you are not made by the crowd,
you who meet us in our solitude.
We are cradled close in you hands -
and lavishly flung forth.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke
from The Book of Pilgrimage, II,26