Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | December 3, 2012

Am I a falcon, a storm, or a great song?

Amur_Falcon_femaleA poem from Rilke’s Book of Hours : Love Poem to God by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Joanna Macy, Riverhead, 2005




I live my life in widening circles

that reach out across the world.

I may not complete this last one

but I give myself to it.

I circle around God, around the primordial tower.

I’ve been circling for thousands of years

and I still don’t know: am I a falcon,

a storm, or a great song?


  1. Lovely 🙂 Reminds me of Gerard Manley Hopkins “The Windhover” (, but a bit more restrained 😀

  2. Really beuatifull, this poem goes straight into our hearts.
    There are so many meanings we can retrieve from it.

  3. My favorite of Rilke’s poems, and I admire Joanna Macy SO much!

  4. It’s so funny. I have been feeling of late, which no words could apt supply.
    This specks just to it.
    Thank you

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