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Denise Levertov - Variation On A Theme By Rilke

A certain day became a presence to me;
there it was, confronting me--a sky, air, light:
a being. And before it started to descend
from the height of noon, it leaned over
and struck my shoulder as if with
the flat of a sword, granting me
honor and a task. The day's blow
rang out, metallic--or it was I, a bell awakened,
and what I heard was my whole self
saying and singing what it knew: I can.

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Poet: Denise Levertov
Poem: Variation On A Theme By Rilke

Comment 1 of 1, added on January 19th, 2009 at 12:54 PM.

Denise Loveertov's lovely interpretation of Rilke's poem has moved me to tears every single time I've read it. When the light of your life (a child) is struggling with addiction and you come across a poem of hope that says it all so beautifully you don't just dismiss it as something sweet. I've copied, framed and wrapped this poem umpteen times and given it to those on the same journey towards wellness as my loved one. Couple this poem with a little book entitled, "God Calling" and bam it's a recipe for success. Thanks for letting me share.

Beth Caldwell from United States

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