Happy #nationalpoetrymonth!

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In honor of National Poetry Month, here is a poem by one of my favorite poets, Rilke. It is a poem about patience, trust, and becoming part of earth’s rhythm; about being brave enough to fall to find true freedom and to fully express who we are. Enjoy!

How surely gravity’s law

strong as an ocean current,

takes hold of even the smallest thing

and pulls it toward the heart of the world.

 

Each thing—

each stone, blossom, child—

is held in place.

Only we, in our arrogance,

push out beyond what we each belong to

for some empty freedom.

 

If we surrendered

to earth’s intelligence

we could rise up rooted, like trees.

 

Instead we entangle ourselves

in knots of our own making

and struggle, lonely and confused.

 

So, like children, we begin again

to learn from the things,

because they are in God’s heart;

they have never left him.

 

This is what the things can teach us:

to fall

patiently to trust our heaviness.

Even a bird has to do that

before he can fly.

“Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God,” II, 16, p. 171-173

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