Relationships That Never Were

41-Hot Air BalloonI am touched by this poem as it is about a desired relationship that never was. I wonder if we all have lived here at times and who found this person… after all?? Enjoy:

You Who Never Arrived by Rainer Maria Rilke, Translated by Stephen Mitchell

You who never arrived
In my arms, Beloved, who were lost
from the start,
I don’t even know what songs
would please you. I have given up trying
to recognize you in the surging wave of the next
moment. All the immense
images in me—the far-off, deeply-felt landscape,
cities, towers, and bridges, and un-
suspected turns in the path,
and those powerful lands that were once
pulsing with the life of the gods—
ll rise within me to mean
you, who forever elude me.

You, Beloved, who are all
the gardens I have ever gazed at,
longing. An open window
in a country house–, and you almost
stepped out, pensive, to meet me. Streets that I chanced upon,–
you had just walked down them and vanished.
and sometimes, in a shop, the mirrors
were still dizzy with your presence and, startled, gave back
my too-sudden image. Who knows?
Perhaps the same bird echoed through both of us
yesterday, separate, in the evening…


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