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What Rilke Taught Me

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March 28, 2022
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“As if these colors could heal me of indecision once and for all . . .”

—Rainer Marie Rilkie, 1907


Cézanne arranged his still life with much thought,
having planned each detail of the table
with its white cloth, jug, and bowl. The apples
and oranges placed in their own spots. He
took pleasure in seeing the reds with the
greens and the blues with the yellows, and how
these colors conversed quietly among
themselves. Painting was a simple act of
love, one that held on, continued. His work
came from this. Oh Lord, how to live like that.

Leslie Bustard
Leslie Anne Bustard is the co-editor of Wild Things and Castles in the Sky: A Guide to Choosing the Best Books for Children, a recent title from Square Halo Books. Leslie’s writings can be found at Cultivatingproject.com and  Blackbarnonline.com, as well as her own website, PoeticUnderpinnings.com—where she shares her own writings, poems, and photographs as well as the goodness and beauty of other creatives.

Cover image by Garreth Paul

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