The Wait – Rilke

The Wait

It is life in slow motion,
It’s the heart in reverse,
It’s a hope-and-a-half:
too much and too little at once.

It’s a train that suddenly
stops with no station around,
and we can hear the cricket,
and, leaning out the carriage

door, we vainly contemplate
a wind we feel that stirs
the blooming meadows, the meadows
made imaginary by this stop.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Rilke Poems ( from Orchards)