Rilke – being with the secret things

I am too alone in the world, and not alone enough
to make every moment holy.

I am too tiny in this world, and not tiny enough
just to lie before you like a thing,
shrewd and secretive.    

I want my own will, and I want simply to be with my will
as it goes toward action,

and in the silent, sometimes hardly moving times
when something is coming near,
I want to be with those who know secret things
or else alone.

Rainer Maria Rilke quoted in Iron John – Robert Bly

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