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August 31, 2006




Quoting Rilke in theoldbill brought back to mind a favourite of mine, which I know in the original German. "Autumn" is classic Rilke, and feels particularly appropriate as we make our way through the Labour Day long weekend, and face all the complex layers that make up this season.

I found an okay translation, which I copy here:


The leaves are falling, falling as if from afar,
as if withered in the distant gardens of heaven;
with nay-saying gestures they fall.

And in the night falls the heavy earth
from all the stars into loneliness.

We all are falling. This hand there falls.
And look at the others: it is in all of them.

And yet there is one, who holds all this falling
with infinite gentleness in his hands.


thanks Gareth - that Rilke fellah was pretty good with words, in either language.

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