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  • POEM: The Voices by Rainer Maria Rilke (8/2/2009 5:09:00 AM)

    THE VOICES: THE SUICIDE'S SONG
    (J.B. LEISHMAN TRANSLATION)

    Another moment to live through then.
    How the rope I fasten, again and again
    someone cuts.
    I'd got prepared so wonderfully,
    and already a little eternity
    was in my guts.

    They bring me now, as they have done before,
    this spoonful of life to sup.
    No, I won't, I won't have anymore,
    let me bring it up.

    Life's an excellent thing I know,
    through all the world outspread;
    I simply can't digest it though,
    it only goes to my head.

    It nourishes others, it makes me ill;
    one can dislike the thing.
    what for a thousand years I'll still
    require is dieting.

  • POEM: The Voices by Rainer Maria Rilke (8/2/2009 4:59:00 AM)

    actually THE VOICES is Nine leaves with a title leaf, and the poem you have listed is the poem for the title leaf. You left out:
    THE BEGGARS SONG
    THE BLIND-MAN'S SONG
    THE DRINKER'S SONG
    THE SUICIDE'S SONG
    THE WIDOWS SONG
    THE IDIOT'S SONG
    THE ORPHAN GIRL'S SONG
    THE DWARF'S SONG
    AND THE LEPER'S SONG.

  • POEM: The Panther by Rainer Maria Rilke (8/2/2009 4:51:00 AM)

    I prefer J.B. Leishman's translation:

    THE PANTHER
    His gaze those bars keep passing is so misted
    with tiredness, it can take in nothing more.
    He feels as though a thousand bars existed,
    and no more world beyond them than before.

    Those supply-powerful paddings, turning there
    in tiniest of circles, well might be
    the dance of forces round a center where
    some mighty will stands paralytically.

    Just now and then the pupil's noiseless shutter
    is lifted. - Then an image will indart,
    down through the limbs' intensive stillness flutter,
    and end it's being in the heart.