Go to the Limits of Your Longing

I love poetry. I love its density of images and the way it makes me cry. Rainer Maria Rilke is a favorite. I thought he–was a she–for years.  I’ve interspersed a favorite poem by him between photos of this piece:


Go To the Limits of Your Longing

-Rainer Maria Rilke

God speaks to each of us as he makes us,
then walks with us silently out of the night.

These are the words we dimly hear:

You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Embody me.


Flare up like a flame
and make big shadows I can move in.


Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.

Don’t let yourself lose me.
Nearby is the country they call life.

You will know it by its seriousness.

Give me your hand.









9 thoughts on “Go to the Limits of Your Longing

  1. So very, very powerful! “No feeling is final”, I like that phrase. And seeing how your painting has evolved – which is extremely interesting, perhaps even more so because I don’t paint myself – makes me wonder how you know when a painting is “final”? Because it seems to me that painting is feeling, and could go on and on, and keep changing. Thanks for sharing the process, I love this post and your painting!

    1. Thank you for your warm support. Finishing a piece is a a process like any other part of art…individually determined…by ones own intuitions…ones style…ones aptitude….and growing all of those requires lots of experience…mistakes…process. Creativity is awesome that way!

  2. Wow Laurel! This is so awesome!! It’s been a joy to watch your paintings evolve. The poem is beautiful and you painting goes perfectly. 👏🏻👍🏻👌🏻💕

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