The Interstice

O Stunden in der Kindheit,

da hinter den Figuren mehr als nur

Vergangnes war und vor uns nicht die Zukunft.

Wir wuchsen freilich und wir drängten manchmal,

bald groß zu werden, denen halb zulieb,

die andres nicht mehr hatten, als das Großsein.

Und waren doch, in unserem Alleingehn,

mit Dauerndem vergnügt und standen da

im Zwischenraume zwischen Welt und Spielzeug,

an einer Stelle, die seit Anbeginn

gegründet war für einen reinen Vorgang.
[Rainer Maria Rilke, Duineser Elegien, 1922]

Oh ore nell’infanzia,
quando là dietro le figure non c’era solo passato
e davanti a noi non il futuro.
Certo, noi crescevamo, talvolta spingendo
per divenire presto adulti, in parte per amore di quelli
che altro più non avevano che d’essere grandi.
E tuttavia nel nostro andare da soli
ci divertivamo di ciò che dura, e là
eravamo nello spazio tra giocattolo e mondo,
in un luogo previsto dall’inizio per un puro procedere.
[Rainer Maria Rilke: Elegie duinesi, tr. Michele Ranchetti & Jutta Leskien, Milano: Feltrinelli, 2006.]

O hours of childhood,
when behind each shape more that the past lay hidden,
when that which lay before us was not the future.
We grew, of course, and sometimes were impatient
in growing up, half for the sake of pleasing those
with nothing left but their own grown-upness.
Yet, when alone, we entertained ourselves
with what alone endures, we would stand there
in the infinite space that spans the world and toys,
upon a place, which from the first beginning
had been prepared to serve a pure event.
[Rainer Maria Rilke: Selected Poems, tr. Albert Ernest Flemming, New York: Methuen, 1985.]

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