The Apple Orchard ~ Rainer Maria Rilke


Come let us watch the sun go down 
and walk in twilight through the orchard’s green. 

Does it not seem as if we had for long 

collected, saved and harbored within us 

old memories? To find releases and seek 

new hopes, remembering half-forgotten joys, 

mingled with darkness coming from within, 

as we randomly voice our thoughts aloud 

wandering beneath these harvest-laden trees 

reminiscent of Durer woodcuts, branches 

which, bent under the fully ripened fruit, 

wait patiently, trying to outlast, to 

serve another season’s hundred days of toil, 

straining, uncomplaining, by not breaking 

but succeeding, even though the burden 

should at times seem almost past endurance. 

Not to falter! Not to be found wanting! 
Thus must it be, when willingly you strive 

throughout a long and uncomplaining life, 

committed to one goal: to give yourself! 

And silently to grow and to bear fruit.
by Rainer Maria Rilke

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