Das Stunden-Buch by Rainer Maria Rilke PDF

By Rainer Maria Rilke

Da neigt sich die Stunde und rührt mich an mit klarem metallenem Schlag: mir zittern die Sinne. Ich fühle: ich kann – und ich fasse den plastischen Tag. Nichts conflict noch vollendet, eh ich es erschaut, ein jedes Werden stand nonetheless. Meine Blicke sind reif, und wie eine Braut kommt jedem das Ding, das er will. Nichts ist mir zu klein, und ich lieb es trotzdem und mal es auf Goldgrund und groß und halte es hoch, und ich weiß nicht wem löst es die Seele los ... Ich lebe mein Leben in wachsenden Ringen, die sich über die Dinge ziehn. Ich werde den letzten vielleicht nicht vollbringen, aber versuchen will ich ihn. Ich kreise um Gott, um den uralten Turm, und ich kreise jahrtausendelang; und ich weiß noch nicht: bin ich ein Falke, ein Sturm oder ein großer Gesang. Ich habe viele Brüder in Soutanen im Süden, wo in Klöstern Lorbeer steht. Ich weiß, wie menschlich sie Madonnen planen, und träume oft von jungen Tizianen, durch die der Gott in Gluten geht. Doch wie ich mich auch in mich selber neige: mein Gott ist dunkel und wie ein Gewebe von hundert Wurzeln, welche schweigsam trinken. Nur, daß ich mich aus seiner Wärme hebe, mehr weiß ich nicht, weil alle meine Zweige tief unten ruhn und nur im Winde winken. Wir dürfen dich nicht eigenmächtig malen, du Dämmernde, aus der der Morgen stieg. Wir holen aus den alten Farbenschalen die gleichen Striche und die gleichen Strahlen, mit denen dich der Heilige verschwieg. Wir bauen Bilder vor dir auf wie Wände; so daß schon tausend Mauern um dich stehn. Denn dich verhüllen unsre frommen Hände, sooft dich unsre Herzen offen sehn.

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I have interviewed with and even worked for an embarrassing number of households. In my experience, they fall into two categories. No, in fact, there are three. The first are those who, after a catlike glimpse at my face, will issue an immediate rejection, usually nonverbal. A door slam is an uncommonly effective form of communication. " Those, while immediately unpleasant, I prefer. Type twos are those who may or may not end up hiring me but who will, nonetheless, insist on stripping me with questions, as if performing an indelicate physical examination.

They were lights that feigned to illuminate but really intended to blind. Lightning before a driving storm, I had thought. But I suppose that was the sailor's apprehension in me talking. It had been eleven years since I had made a true ocean crossing. For my Mesdames, it had been over thirty. The ocean for them was only a memory, a calming blue expanse between here and there. For me it was alive and belligerent, a reminder of how distance cannot be measured by the vastness of the open seas, that that was just the beginning.

I hope their French is not as wretched as mine. What a fine household we would make, hand movements and crude drawings to supplement our mutual use of a secondhand language. Though contrary to what the Old Man would have me believe, the vocabulary of servitude is not built upon my knowledge of foreign words but rather on my ability to swallow them. Not my own, of course, but Monsieur and Madame's. The first thing I learned at the Governor-General's house was that when Monsieur and Madame were consumed by their lunatic displeasure at how the floors had been waxed, how the silver had been polished, or how the poulet had been stewed, they would berate the household staff, all fifteen of us, in French.

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