August 27, 2011

Fig Tree

the studio of Paul Cézanne
surrounded by olive and fig trees

Fig tree, for how long now have I found meaning
in the way you almost forget to bloom
and drive without drama your pure mystery
into the young determined fruit.
Like a fountain's channel your curving branches
force the sap downward and up again; look, it springs
straight from sleep into its sweetest achievement—
like the god entering a swan. . . .

From the Sixth Duino Elegy

1 comment:

  1. and drive without drama your pure mystery

    this line along stands like a column. it is so determined it pushes questions aside, doesn't it?



"Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night."

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Go ahead, bloom recklessly!