Thursday, January 05, 2017

Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke ...


In the Ninth Elegy, after asking why we’re here on earth in the first place, Rilke writes:
But because just being here matters, becausethe things of this world, these passing things,seem to need us, to put themselves in our caresomehow. Us, the most passing of all.Once for each, just once. Once and no more.And for us too, once. Never again. And yetit seems that this—to have once existed,even if only once, to have been a partof this earth—can never be taken back.
I found Rilke’s attention to transience and mutability resonant with the dharma, and I took solace in his lines praising immanence: to have once existed, / even if only once, to have been a part / of this earth—can never be taken back.