Sunday Dinner: Ever Widening Circles

Monarda fistulosa


“I live my life in widening circles

that reach out across the world.”

Rainer Maria Rilke


Daucus carota with Cyrtomium falcatum


“I beg you, to have patience with everything

unresolved in your heart

and to try to love the questions themselves

as if they were locked rooms

or books written in a very foreign language.

Don’t search for the answers,

which could not be given to you now,

because you would not be able to live them.

And the point is to live everything.

Live the questions now.

Perhaps then, someday far in the future,

you will gradually, without even noticing it,

live your way into the answer.”

Rainer Maria Rilke



“To love is good, too: love being difficult.

For one human being to love another:

that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks,

the ultimate, the last test and proof,

the work for which all other work

is but preparation.”

Rainer Maria Rilke



“We need, in love, to practice only this:

letting each other go.

For holding on comes easily;

we do not need to learn it.”


Rainer Maria Rilke


Zantedeschia albomaculata


Photos by Woodland Gnome 2020


Heuchera ‘Midnight Rose’


“Do not assume that he who seeks to comfort you now,

lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words

that sometimes do you good.

His life may also have much sadness and difficulty,

that remains far beyond yours.

Were it otherwise,

he would never have been able to find these words.”

Rainer Maria Rilke




“It is spring again.

The earth is like a child

that knows poems by heart.”

Rainer Maria Rilke


About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

3 responses to “Sunday Dinner: Ever Widening Circles

  1. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photographs and wonderful poetry.

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