Holiday Wishes and a Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke

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My Dear Readers,

I will not post anything before Christmas so Happy Holidays to everyone and Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate the Holy Night. May you be forever loved. May the sky open and rain on you success and joy.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your views, likes, and comments. Thank you for your wonderful support and for making my four years and a half of blogging an unbelievable experience.

To my new followers, welcome. I look forward to reading your work in 2022. To my present followers, huge hugs and thanks. To those who were my followers and do not blog anymore, I miss you and I hope one day you will return to blogging.

For everyone a poem written by one of my favorites poets Rainer Maria Rilke, and Franz Schubert – Ave Maria – interpreted by Mirusia & AndrΓ© Rieu.

by Rainer Maria Rilke

The wind in winter woods is like
a shepherd to his flock of flakes
and soon the firs anticipate
how blessed will be the light

and eavesdrop. The garden doves
ready themselves in branches white
and fend off the wind, growing towards
the glory of this night.


Love to everyone.

@Gabriela Marie Milton

159 thoughts on “Holiday Wishes and a Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke

  1. What a beautiful poem by Rainer…Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas to you, dearest Gabriela…looking forward to reading your new poem in 2022 βœ¨πŸŒΊπŸ’«β€οΈπŸŒŸπŸŽ„πŸŽ…

    1. Thank you so much Navin. Happy Holidays to you my dear friend. Thank you for your kindness and your support. May 2022 be a great year for you. Feeling better?

      1. You’re very welcome Gabriela…thank you very much for your lovely wishes, kindness & unconditional support…I’m feeling much better…thank you…at least no covid…still coughing a lot…but I’ll be OK relatively soon…

      2. Navin, I am so happy it’s not Covid. But please continue to take care of yourself. It’s important. I did not tell you but I have been sick too. It’s not Covid either. The doctor thinks sinus infection. I’ve been taking antibiotic for a week and still I am not 100 %. Please take care of yourself my dear friend.
        Sending lots of love & good wishes.

      3. I am & I’ll be taking care of myself…I’ve been taking heavy dose of Vitamin C, other vitamins, minerals & supplements…thank you very much for your concern, dear Gabriela…oh, I’m sorry to know that you’ve been sick as well…”thinks sinus infection”…so it’s not clear yet?…it’s good that antibiotic is helping you…I hope that you’ll get better soon…you too take very good care of yourself, dear & precious friend…much love βœ¨β€οΈπŸ’«

      4. The vitamins and minerals are great. Yes, he “thinks”. He is not sure. It could be allergies but I had fever so …

        Have a beautiful evening Navin. Make it magical and feel better.

      5. Ok, that explains a bit more…the most important thing is that you’re feeling better…you’re recovering…thank you for your wishes…you too have a beautiful evening…feel better πŸ’«

  2. That’s a lovely tree in the photo. Have a very merry and restful Christmas, Gabriela. Spoil Maya and Me Churchill for me.

    1. Thank you so much Timothy. May you have the best Xmas ever. I will spoil them. I cannot say the same because I know your kitties are always spoiled. May you have a fabulous 2022!

      1. Spoiling kitties make for happy lives for everyone. A happy cat on your lap is the best medicine.

    1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Francine. Happy holidays to you too. Wishing you happiness and success. May your creams come true.

    1. Thank you so much my dear Alethea. Your wishes mean so much to me. May you have the best holiday ever; a holiday filled with love and blessings.

      1. You are very graciously welcome so much. May you be able to sit down, relax, kick your shoes off, and put your bare feet beside a nice warm fire.

    1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind wishes. May you be happy and may all your dreams come true. May we all stay blessed and healthy. Sending you plenty of love.

    1. Same to you Tre. May your holidays be blessed. May you have plenty of happiness, love and peace.

    1. Good morning Java. My pleasure hon and happy holiday to you. May your 2022 be filled with love and success.

    1. Thank you so much for the kind wishes sweetheart. May you have a fabulous holiday filled with happiness and love.

    1. Thank you so much Eric. Peace and happiness to you and your family too. May 2022 fulfill all your dreams.
      Stay safe.

  3. Thank you for your exquisite song choice. I love the heart and faces so heartfelt and vibrant!~ So tender and such beauty! What gifts to the world. Also, love you words! Have the very best holiday my friend and thanks for your inspiration, your words, your heart, being a vital part of our WP family and your presence that is felt everywhere Gabriela. Congratulations on your best selling book and the time you invest in all of us to be our best selves in our writing journey.
    I do hope you have a wonderful break!~ πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™β€οΈπŸŒ·πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ’ƒ

    1. My beautiful and talented Cindy, I am overwhelmed by your kind words. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for inspiring us with your talents and your kind spirit. Thank you for being you. Thank you for your help.
      May you and your family have the best Xmas ever. May you be forever happy.
      Love you.

      I saw you posted. I will pay you a visit soon.

      1. Oh thanks my sweet friend and I do love the ring to that so thank you soooo kindly Dear Gabriela! Just breath it in. I know how hard you work and it does not go unnoticed.
        Thanks a biz-zillion and you are most welcome and deserve the accolades from all of us. It’s a pleasure!πŸ’–
        Oh thank you for the beautiful wishes.. I know we will and you do the same.
        LOVE YOU TOO AND NO RUSH! πŸ’–πŸ˜˜

      2. Thank you hon. I’ll be there. I need to read your poem.

    1. Thank you so much Ingrid. May you have the best Christmas ever. Enjoy your break and be happy. May 2022 fulfill all your dreams.

    1. Dear Blanca, thank you so much for your kind wishes. They warm my heart. I thought about you many times. I thought you supported me so much and I was not there for you every time. And here you are with your beautiful wishes. Thank you again.
      Have a beautiful Christmas and an amazing 2022.

    1. Thank you for reading and for your kind wishes. Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart.

    1. Thank you so much Jeff. Your kind words mean a lot to me. May you have the best holiday ever. May 2022 fulfill all your dreams my dear friend 🌺🌸🌹🌺🌸

    1. Good evening Cheryl. My pleasure and thank you for the kind wishes. May you have a wonderful and blessed holiday. Sending you huge hugs πŸŒΈπŸŒΊπŸ€—

  4. Thanks for this sweet message, Gabriela, and same to you on this festive season at year’s end. May all good things rain on you as well.
    Then that Rainer Maria Rilke, lovely. So lovely. Merry Christmas. xo

    1. Hello, my dearest Selma. Thank you so much for your comment and for the beautiful wishes. I am so glad you liked the poem.
      May you have a beautiful holiday season and Merry Christmas my dear.

    1. Thank you so much hon. Wishing you the best holiday ever and a wonderful 2022. May all your dreams come true. Happiness and love to you and yours.

  5. Merry Christmas to you too! Enjoy and Keep Smiling. Wish the new year is filled with prosperity and light. Loads of love and hugs to you! πŸ€—πŸ§‘πŸ’–
    The poetry is beauty. Love the simile and metaphorical representation.

    1. Thank you so much my dearest Kritika. I wish you a wonderful year filled with love and joy. May your poetic muse be with you forever.

  6. Dear Button,

    What a beautiful home and a lovely tree. I too like the poem, thanks for sharing. I wish you lots of love, joy, rest and time with those you love. I am grateful for our friendship and fill blessed that we met here. I wish you a happy Christmas and new year. Love honeybun

  7. Dearest Button, I hope you got my message. Your home looks amazing and I enjoyed the poem also, thank you for sharing. Sending my love and gratitude for your friendship and love. Sending you wishes for rest, love, much gratitude for your support as well. May you and all those you love have an amazing and wonderful holiday season. Love honeybun πŸ€—β€οΈπŸ¦‹πŸ₯°

    1. Good morning my dearest Button. Thank you form the bottom of my hearts for your kind words. Thank you for your love, friendship, and support.
      May this Christmas bring you more happiness than ever. May you be blessed and loved. May your family be protected.
      Huge Hugs to you hon. Enjoy the holidays.

      1. Good afternoon dearest friend. I also thank you for our friendship, the many things I have learned from you and your beautiful words, and all the support you have poured out to me. May your Christmas be full of joy, blessings from Our Father and His Son and lots of love.
        Sending hugs to you and your family and prayers for a restful holiday. Merry Christmas. πŸŽ„ πŸ™πŸ™β€οΈlove honeybun

      2. Thank you again hon. I learned a lot from you too and I was always humbled by your kind support. I will try to have a great Xmas. Enjoy yours. Sending tons of love and blessings your way β€οΈπŸŒΉπŸŒΉπŸŒΈπŸŽ„β€οΈ

      3. You are very welcome dearest Button. I am sending my love and blessings right back at you my friend. I truly hope you can manage sometime with family. Love honeybun β€οΈπŸ€—πŸ¦‹πŸ₯°πŸŽ„πŸ’•βœοΈπŸ™πŸŽ„

    1. Thank you so much my dearest Cassa. May your Christmas be filled with love and beatify.
      Lots of love, hon.

    1. Thank you so much Luisa. Your wishes mean so much to me. May you have a beautiful and peaceful holiday. Sending love and hugs
      Gabriela πŸ€—β€οΈ

    1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Flavio. Merry Christmas and a fabulous 2022 πŸŽπŸŽ„

    1. Thank you so much for the visit Diana. Have a splendid evening 🌺🌹❀️

    1. Bo, thank you. You are so good to me. I just got to your site via Eric’s and I saw the news. Bo, I am so sorry. I thought about you all the time. I was afraid that the worse can happen.

      I guess the news hit me very hard … Love you. May she rest in peace.

      1. I am so sorry hon. I cried yesterday. Sending love. I hope little B. is ok.

      2. I am glad to hear he is ok. Children are saviors in our darkest moments. Love you.
        I want to do a poetry anthology and I have a press that will publish. I will announce the theme soon. I would love if you will accept my invite and submit.

      3. No, not yet, I will let you know soon ❀️❀️❀️

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