Falling Stars

by Rainer Maria Rilke

Do you remember still the falling stars
that like swift horses through the heavens raced
and suddenly leaped across the hurdles
of our wishes--do you recall? And we
did make so many! For there were countless numbers
of stars: each time we looked above we were
astounded by the swiftness of their daring play,
while in our hearts we felt safe and secure
watching these brilliant bodies disintegrate,
knowing somehow we had survived their fall.


  1. What an amazing poem, and painting. Remarkable men.

  2. I adore Rilke! This is exquisite, as is the painting. Thank you.

  3. Rilke can do no wrong! Beautiful image also.

  4. I have to agree with the other commenters. I adore Rilke, and Van Gogh's Starry Night Over the Rhone is my absolute favorite. Thanks for the nudge of inspiration today.

  5. Check out the "shower" tonight! smiles...

  6. It was too cloudy here. Seems like it always is.


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