Poetry Friday: Driving Out The Loudmouths

Here's my goal for the summer -- silencing the raucous voices in my head that keep me from writing, as poet Ranier Maria Rilke put it so well:
She who reconciles the ill-matched threads
of her life, and weaves them gratefully into a single cloth --
it's she who drives the loudmouths from the hall
and clears it for a different celebration,

where the one guest is you.
In the softness of the evening
it's you she receives.
Excerpted from Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy (New York: Riverhead, 1996), p. 64.


jama said...

Love this! Have a wonderfully productive summer, Mitali!

Elaine Magliaro said...


That's my goal for this summer--and fall--too. My problem is that I am often too easily distracted. I hope you are able to silence the "raucous voices" in your head.

Pema said...

I know what you mean - this year I finally started using that Google Calendar, so now I have my agenda all planned out. (Now if only I could stick to it...)

Cloudscome said...

Amen! Rilke says it so well. I am clearing out those voices this summer too.

TadMack said...

How beautifully that is put -- silencing the voices.