Wednesday, April 11, 2018

NPM 4-11: You See I Want a Lot

Today I'm sharing a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke.

You See I Want a Lot

You see, I want a lot.
Perhaps I want everything:
the darkness that comes with every infinite fall
and the shivering blaze of every step up.

So many live on and want nothing,
and are raised to the rank of prince
by the slippery ease of their light judgments.

But what you see are faces
that do work and feel thirst.

You love most of all those who need you
as they need a crowbar or a hoe.

You have not grown old, and it is not too late
to dive into your increasing depths
where life calmly gives out its own secret.

Happy Wednesday all.


  1. Wow, I love this - I always feel like I want too much, and that other people rest in the world more lightly. The world is too much with some of us - but how lovely to have someone value and understand that there are those of us who just feel it all more intensely.

    1. I know exactly how you feel, and I'm with you. I know I want too much. That's one of the reasons this poem spoke to me.