borrowing from Arthur and Rainer

Drinking would be too powerful, too clear;
I shall let the wind bathe my bare head
And being swept along is not enough.
The vast heaven is open! the mysteries lie dead
Let loose the wind in the fields
And when you lie down in the valley, you can smell
Something-you don’t know what-has disappeared;
The sap is champagne and goes straight to your head…
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
A ghost, though invisible, still is like a place

***Who knew Rimbaud and Rilke would sound so good, cobbled together? ย We are doing centos over at Dverse today. ย This is my offering, which is a mix of these two–both some of my favorite poets.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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40 Responses to borrowing from Arthur and Rainer

  1. Mary says:

    You have chosen some nice lines to weave together here, Susan.

  2. claudia says:

    smiles…rilke is always a good choice…and being grasped by what we cannot grasp..i like..and they really sound good together…

  3. suej says:

    Fantastic blending, I really enjoyed this (haven’t written my Cento yet, but you’re welcome to comment on my recent blog posts!)

  4. brian miller says:

    pretty cool…i like th nature touches…the champagne of sap…the wind in the hair…the ghost in the end to keep us company a bit…you wove it together well…

  5. Interesting combinations of ideas and images to produce this new poem from old

  6. Oh that is really lovely Susan. It could have been written by one person. It all blended so well. Really lovely.

  7. marousia says:

    Fabulous! It feels seamless

  8. Laurie Kolp says:

    From wind to bathe the head to the champagne and everything in between… wonderful!

  9. What a joy. Reading Rimbaud-Rilke by you accompanied by Itzak Perlman playing Sarasate on Opening Night at LIncoln Center w/NY Philharmonic. A lot of really wonderful music in this poem you constructed. Very deft and able! Excellent.

  10. Fabulous! It’s like Rimbaud and Rilke went into a bar together, ordered a round of drinks, and began conversing while you took down notes. Isn’t it amazing how everything can be made to flow together? That’s the sometimes difficult role of the cento poet, and you pulled it off magnificently here.

  11. Terrific, you’ve done a wonderful job much enjoyed.

  12. seingraham says:

    They blend so well, it’s almost as if they collaborated …a very nice centon indeed

  13. Scrumptious and liberating, an intoxicating combo!

  14. Love the weaving of the two poets ~ You have created a entirely different kind of work ~ Well done ~

  15. I agree with Samuel. It seems as if we are listening in on the poets’ conversation. One can never go wrong when nature is referenced. Lovely piece!

  16. kaykuala says:

    Cleverly blended together from the two poets. One cannot make out any kinks but only smoothness to make it good reading. Nicely Susan!


  17. nelle says:

    Interesting mix…

  18. doncarroll says:

    like this a lot. i’m a fan of rilke.

  19. This is a really interesting idea. I think you chose some great lines – it brings about so much new meaning! You can check my thoughts on Rimbaud here, if you’d like:

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