​Rainer Maria Rilke on Grounding

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. 

Rainer Maria Rilke

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