Happy Monday! Or is it happy? 😉 Today I wanted to share a poem by one of my favorite authors/poets, Rainer Maria Rilke, a German poet who was famous at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries. He wrote one of my favorite poems, The Duino Elegies. Here’s a simple one he wrote about spring!
Harshness vanished. A sudden softness
has replaced the meadows’ wintry grey.
Little rivulets of water changed
their singing accents. Tendernesses,
hesitantly, reach toward the earth
from space, and country lanes are showing
these unexpected subtle risings
that find expression in the empty trees.
It’s been a little while since I’ve shared a poem here, but I always like to do posts like these because they make me stop and think, and they make me slow down from life a little bit. Plus they remind me how beautiful it can be to spend a few minutes reading lovely words, and this one made me look forward to spring very much. I absolutely love those first few blooms of flowers on trees, and the way the earth seems to take a fresh, deep breath when spring comes.
My absolute favorite part of spring is watching the magnolia trees bloom–they’re GORGEOUS, and they only flower for a few weeks in March and April…won’t be long now! When I’m older I want a magnolia tree in my yard; the way they shed their petals makes a pink blanket over the ground, so that’s pretty unbeatable.