Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Body of words, honey sitting inside a rock

© Amruta Patil 2010
Cover image for the forthcoming issue of Biblio - the overarching theme of this issue being memoir, biography.


Highlander said...

I like it. The honey in rock quote reminds me of the middle section of Rilke's poem called "I am too alone in this world". Worth checking out. Honeyed hearts must all be teased out into the light of day.

Anonymous said...

I am too alone in this world, and not alone enough
to make every moment holy.
I am too tiny in this world, and not tiny enough,
just to lie before you like a thing, shrewd and secretive.
I want my own will, and I want simply
to be with my will as it goes towards action.
And in the silent, sometimes hardly moving times
when something is coming near,
I want to be with those who know secret things,
or else alone.

-Rainer Maria Rilke

amruta patil said...

Thank you for the poem reference. The first two lines, and the last four - beautiful. The middle of the poem seems to jarr its own wise brackets. This, for example, I amn't sure about at all: "I want my own will, and I want simply / to be with my will as it goes towards action."

Flying Scotsman said...

The whole poem is longer than the excerpt,(for which thanks dear Anonymous),and perhaps the poet is referring to the crisis of indecision and identity in his own life and the need to be a whole person who knows their own mind,(will), in the matrix of close human relationships which tend to bring out the vulnerable and clinging,fear-ridden over-dependent side of his nature. Excuse the long sentence.
Does this make sense Ms Anonymous/Amruta?!

amruta patil said...

It does. Was reading 'will' more as 'stubborn volition', and thus. Will look for the complete poem.