November Sunset

(Sunset. November 26, 2006).


Slowly the west reaches for clothes of new colors
which it passes to a row of ancient trees.
You look, and soon these two worlds both leave you,
one part climbs toward heaven, one sinks to earth,

leaving you, not really belonging to either,
not so hopelessly dark as that house that is silent,
not so unswervingly given to the eternal as that thing
that turns to a star each night and climbs –

leaving you (it is impossible to untangle the threads)
your own life, timid and standing high and growing,
so that, sometimes blocked in, sometimes reaching out,
one moment your life is a stone in you, and the next, a star.
– Rainer Maria Rilke
translated by Robert Bly

I have a full day ahead of me so this will be a short post. I just wanted to share yesterday’s sunset and quickly answer a couple of questions.

Alto2 asked: “Where to?” in reference to the big move. We’re leaving the midwest and heading east to Pennsylvania. My husband is taking a 6-month sabbatical so this is a temporary move. Our youngest son, a college student, will be guarding the homestead while we’re gone. This saves us from having to pay his dorm fees and gives us a housesitter all in one go.

Norm asked: “Long drive?” It depends on who’s driving and who’s in the car. Apparently the M&M’s (my husband, M the Elder, and youngest son, M the Younger) managed the trip in 5½ hours. It takes about 7 hours when I’m in the car. I think that means there’s more law-abiding (i.e., driving somewhere near the speed limit) when I’m in the car. It also means we stop a little more frequently so I don’t end up nearly crippled from sitting in the same position for hours on end.