We, with words and pointing fingers, gradually make the
world our own -- (though) perhaps its weakest, more precarious

Rainer Marie Rilke 'Sonnets to Orpheus', in (ed. ) The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke (trans. Stephen Mitchell) London: Picador, 1982 (orig. 1923), p. 318

Fiona Jeffrey

Snowy and Scarlet

oil on canvas 152cm x 161cm