Poem of the Week, by Rainer Maria Rilke

IMG_0316That woman sitting on the bar stool with a martini and a magazine, or alone on her couch spinning imaginary people into books, or flying solo around the world: she is me. But won’t you be lonely? is a question I’ve heard a lot in my life, and I don’t know how to answer it, because isn’t everyone, somewhere inside themselves, lonely?

It’s rare to be truly seen. Rare to meet a kindred spirit who understands when you need to jump in your car and drive alone for thousands of miles, or go to a movie alone, or hike alone. Falling in love doesn’t change this conundrum. It took me a long time to understand that my heart’s silent, fierce response to a disappointed partner —What you want from me I can’t give you–did not mean I was at fault. 

It’s rare to meet someone with the same pilgrim soul as you. It might feel like a revelation, like finally you can relax. Thirty years ago I might not have understood this beautiful poem below, but I do now. 


Pathways, by Rainer Maria Rilke

Understand, I’ll slip quietly
away from the noisy crowd
when I see the pale stars rising, blooming, over the oaks.

I’ll pursue solitary pathways
through the pale twilit meadows,
with only this one dream: 

You come too.



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  1. Gabrielle McGhee · July 27, 2019

    Ah. I printed this out.


    • Dennis Debe · July 27, 2019

      “You come too” is often a refrain of mine…for the company, for a “second opinion”, for the talk along the way, or just in case….

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Marie-Christina Virago · July 28, 2019

    the agony and exhilaration of recognition.

    Liked by 1 person

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