Yellow Rose III: Study for ‘Les Roses’

graphite on yellow prepared paper 11 1/2" x 15" 1993 private collection

Les Roses VI
by Rainer Maria Rilke
( translation: A. Poulin, Jr. )

A single rose is every rose
And this one: irreplaceable,
Perfect, a supple vocable
By the text of things enclosed

Without her, how can we ever
Talk about what our hopes were,
About the tender intervals
In this perpetual departure.