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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 fills her time caring for loved ones and writing. Her first book of poetry, The Goodness of the Lord in the Land in the Living: Selected Poems of Leslie Anne Bustard, will be released in 2023. She co-edited Wild Things and Castles in the Sky: A Guide to Choosing the Best Books for Children. Much of her writing can be found at Cultivating and her website, Poetic Underpinnings. She is a regular contributor to The Black Barn Online and keeps busy as a partner of Square Halo Books.

Cover image by Garreth Paul

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