Freeing What Waits Within

One of my favorite poems of Rainer Maria Rilke’s is this one from Rilke’s Book of Hours:

I believe in all that has never yet been spoken.
I want to free what waits within me
so that what no one has dared to wish for

may for once spring clear
without my contriving.

If this is arrogant, God, forgive me,
but this is what I need to say.
May what I do flow from me like a river,
no forcing and no holding back,
the way it is with children.

Then in these swelling and ebbing currents,
These deepening tides moving out, returning,

I will sing you as no one ever has,
streaming through widening channels
into the open sea.

The image keeps swelling in my chest of freeing what waits within me. Too much has been latent. Too many doubts and restraints. Maybe too many wounds to heal, or uncertainties created by a big move across country into another world that had yet to be figured out. The time is getting closer now to open more channels of expression.

As humans we have to make alignments in order to let the streams of energy flow, I see that now. The currents just swell, or divert, or go underground until they have moved long enough and strongly enough to create a viable river bed that will hold and move the waters. Making such alignment takes lots of paying attention, listening, making intentions and sticking to them.

Things are lining up now, I feel it. I want to free what waits within. What a concept.

One Response to “Freeing What Waits Within”

  1. spike mason Says:

    Just thought I’d comment on your post – as I thought you might be interested that I’ve released an album called “Widening Circles”. I have become totally smitten by Rilke and so the album features the english translation of a handful of the poems from the Book of Hours set to my compositions.
    You can watch a short film of the recording process
    here ==>
    You can have a listen to the album to see if you like it
    here ==>

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