Memory, Transcendence, Clairvoyant Insight

“Fog on the Elbe” / photo by Bruce Donehower



“Forget” / A Moon Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke





Forget, forget . . . and let us now experience only this . . .
how stars
penetrate through clarified night sky;
how moon shines serene above the gardens.
We felt long ago, and it becomes clear in darkness,
shining and arising,
white shadow, darkness shining . . .
But now let us step completely over,
over into
completely moon.


— R.M. Rilke



Speech: Marion Donehower
Music composed by Claude Gagnon
Music performed by Bruce Donehower
English Translation copyright 2022 by Bruce Donehower

A contribution to the Section’s ongoing Rilke Project