catching for all


by Rainer Maria Rilke


Catch only what you’ve thrown yourself, all is

mere skill and little gain;

but when you’re suddenly the catcher of a ball

thrown by an eternal partner

with accurate and measured swing

towards you, to your center, in an arch

from the great bridgebuilding of God:

why catching then becomes a power –

not yours, a world’s.


Peace, dwight

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  1. rilke – the man!
    I like the new look Dwight. I’ll be passing through Seattle in a few weeks time – it might be good to meet for a coffee if possible? Hope the family are good.

  2. thank you for posting this – just started reading rilke – letters to a young poet. although i am a painter not a poet his advice applies to my own work. do you know in which of rilke’s works exactly this poem appears? thanks.