01 October 2005

Autumn Day, Rilke

Lord: it is time. The summer was so immense.
Lay your shadow on the sundials,
And let loose the wind in the fields.

Bid the last fruits to be full;
Give them another two more southerly days,
Press them to ripeness, and chase
The last sweetnes into heavy wine.

Whoever has no house will not build one anymore.
Whoever is alone now will remain so for a long time,
Will stay up, read, write long letters,
And wander the avenues, up and down,
Restlessly, while the leaves are blowing.

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