Rilke Poem

Conflict can be a bit mysterious and involve the creative, so I thought I would throw in a poem that needs a bit of thinking:

Will transformation. Be inspired by the flame

Where a thing made of Change conceals itself;

This informing spirit, master of all that’s earthly

Loves nothing more than the moment of turning.

What’s heart set on survival is already stony;

How safe is it, hid in its innocuous gray?

Look out, from afar a far harder hardness warns it:

Feel the approach of the hammer held high.

Whoever flows forth from himself like a freshet, Knowledge

Will acknowledge,

And lead him, entranced, through her wondrous world,

Where endings are often beginnings and beginnings ends.’

Sonnets to Orpheus Maria Rainer Rilke translated by Stephen Mitchell

This is Rilke:

Rainer Maria Rilke

About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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1 Response to Rilke Poem

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