A WALK

My eyes already touch the sunny hill,
going far ahead of the road I have begun.
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it has its inner light, even from a distance-

and changes us, even if we do not reach it,
into something else, which, hardly sensing it, we already are;
a gesture waves us on, answering our own wave . . . .
but what we feel is the wind in our faces.

Muzot, March 1924.

RAINER MARIA RILKE
translated by R.B

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