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 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:
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