I’m in a Window Mood by Rainer Maria Rilke
I’m in a window mood today
Life seems to consist of simply looking.
I’m surprised by all the harmony I see,
intelligence as great as in a book.
Each bird that reaches into my view
with its flight asks for my consent.
And I give it. Inconsistency
used to terrify, now it comforts me.
You might find me in the middle of the night
having spent probably the entire day
surrendering to the inexhaustible window,
trying to be the other half of the world.
Images: All rights served © The artists, 2011–2020.
Cover photo: Film still, Rear Window, 1954.
Poem: Rilke, R.M. (2017) When I Go: Selected French Poems. Translated from French by S. Petermann. Oregon: Cascade Books. p.45.