Friday, September 28, 2018

The Poet: Denise Levertov, "Variation On A Theme By Rilke"

"Variation On A Theme By Rilke"
("The Book of Hours, Book I, Poem 1, Stanza 1")

"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."

~ Denise Levertov

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