I Believe

by Rainer Maria Rilke
translated by Ríonach Aiken



I Believe

I believe in all that’s never been spoken.
I want to unleash my deepest calling.
What no one has dared to dream of
will be born through me by your grace.

Is this arrogant? Dear Muse, forgive me.
But I need to tell you:
my true gift flows from me like a river,
not pushing, not holding back,
the way children are with you.

In this overflowing, this entering
into the open arms of the ocean,
this churning ebb and return,
I want to reveal you, I want to utter you
as no other has.

And if that is arrogant, then let me be arrogant
for this, my small prayer,
that stands, intent and alone,
before the cloud that hides your shining form.


 - Rainer Maria Rilke
translated by Ríonach Aiken

photo credit: Hasan Albari from Pexels
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