CLIFF CREGO | GLACIER LILY / Mountain Spring (Erythronium grandiflorum)

GLACIER LILY / Mountain Spring (Erythronium grandiflorum), [click photo for next . . . ]
South Wallowas, Northeast Oregon . . .
On the road in the American Northwest.

A WOMAN IN LOVE—a poem from
the German, by
Rainer Maria Rilke

That is my window. I
just awoke so gently.
I thought, I'm floating.
How far does my life reach,
and where does the night begin?

I could think that everything
around me is me;
like the transparent depth of a crystal,
darkened and mute.

I think I could bring the stars
inside of me, so large
does my heart seem; so very much
does it want to let go of him

whom I have perhaps begun
to love, perhaps to hold.
So strange, so uncharted
does my fate appear.

Who am I who lies here
under this endless sky,
as the sweet scent of a meadow,
moving back and forth,

at once calling out and anxious,
that someone might hear my call,
destined to vanish
in another.

Rainer Maria Rilke (tr. Cliff Crego)

A Woman in Love: 4th movement
of my The Shepherd's Purse

a song cycle for soprano, oboe
and harp (intro)
(listen); (pdf} (preview full score)

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The avian soloist featured above is a little Song Sparrow

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New English translations
from the German of 80
of Rainer Maria Rilke's
best poems, together
with 120 color prints
from the High Wallowas.
With introduction . . .

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All Photographs & texts by Cliff Crego © 1998-2014
(created: IV.28.2011)