I want to share this poem


How surely gravity’s law, strong as an ocean current, takes hold of even the strongest 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 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.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~



(Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God,

translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy)


2016-10-15T01:45:23+00:00 March 26th, 2015|Comments Off on I want to share this poem