Monday, October 11, 2010

darkness, of whom I am born

You, darkness, of whom I am born -
I love you more than the flame
that limits the world
to the circle it illumines 
and excludes all the rest
But the dark embraces everything:
shapes and shadows, creatures and me,
people, nations - just as they are.
It lets me imagine
a great presence stirring beside me.
I believe in the night.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
from The Book of Monastic Life, I,11