“Be patient toward all that is unsolved …

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”

Rainer Maria Rilke ‘Letters to a Young Poet’ (1934)

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3 comments

  1. what’s in there?
    where?
    behind those eyes
    tears, probably, why?

    please, will you cry?
    funny boy! why do you want me to cry?!
    because i always try and try and try
    but something stops me and i never cry.

    1. living and leaving the questions unanswered…
      It was just easier
      A little easier with you around….
      If I do live -to live among the answers
      you will know
      Just don’t stop answering my questions, asking me questions
      Don’t leave me to let me live with the answers……..

      1. “How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one’s culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.” – BARRY LOPEZ

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