Let This Darkness Be a Bell Tower


I just posted this on Facebook and I thought I should share it here. It’s one of my favourite poems and contains the line after which my blog is named.

From Sonnets to Orpheus by Rainer Maria Rilke…

Let This Darkness Be a Bell Tower

Quiet friend who has come so far,
feel how your breathing makes more space around you.
Let this darkness be a bell tower
and you the bell. As you ring,

what batters you becomes your strength.
Move back and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.

In this uncontainable night,
be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses,
the meaning discovered there.

And if the world has ceased to hear you,
say to the silent earth: I flow.
To the rushing water, speak: I am.


5 thoughts on “Let This Darkness Be a Bell Tower

  1. Ian Smith

    Hello Rebecca,

    Sad to say botanical marvels aren’t quite as thick on the ground down here in Batemans Bay as they are in Greece and I don’t get around much, but I did encounter a few lovely flowers in springtime and lately a species of orchid has appeared scattered very thinly in the eucalypt forests where I occasionally walk. I don’t know whether you’ve ever done Facebook – I was a late and reluctant starter – but these days I put my photos up there.

    All the best,


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