Along The Sun-Drenched Roadside

Along the sun-drenched roadside, from the great
hollow half-treetrunk, which for generations
has been a trough, renewing in itself
an inch or two of rain, I satisfy
my thirst: taking the water's pristine coolness
into my whole body through my wrists.
Drinking would be too powerful, too clear;
but this unhurried gesture of restraint
fills my whole consciousness with shining water.

Thus, if you came, I could be satisfied
to let my hand rest lightly, for a moment,
lightly, upon your shoulder or your breast.

by Rainer Maria Rilke

Comments (4)

It is soooo good I am reading it again. Sandra is absolutely correct, you are a very gifted poet, near genius...this one is eloquent! One of my favorites.....needs publishing somewhere, where all the world to behold, Herbert. Warmly, Theodora Onken
Herbert, your poem is mesmerrizing, had I ever received anything so lovely as a young and free woman, it would have melted my heart, and you would have captured my soul. There is nothing, absolutely nothing wrong with, it is a sheer and moving, romantic experience....ah, like a knight in shining armour, you are! ! ! ! Warmly, Theodora onken
Thank you both for your comments. The low rating was given by three people who identified themselves (unwittingly) and it appears that they were able to deal with their inner turmoil that way.Banyo - I must have been thinking of my favourite tree, the Bunya Pine and, incidentally, a frantic search in all available dictionaries failed to find one that confirmed my spelling. Touché. BANJO it is. H
This keep me going it was'nt too long I enjoyed it but is banyo supposed to be banjo? ? Our words differ sometimesThe meaning is very clear good write