All This Falling

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The leaves are falling, falling as if from far up,
as if orchards were dying high in space.
Each leaf falls as if it were motioning “no.”
And tonight the heavy earth is falling
away from all other stars in the loneliness.
We’re all falling. This hand here is falling.
And look at the other one. It’s in them all.
And yet there is Someone, whose hands
infinitely calm, holding up all this falling.
~Rainer Maria Rilke “Autumn” translated by Robert Bly

 

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Sometimes I wake from my sleep
with a palpitating start:
dreaming of falling,
my body pitching and tumbling
yet somehow I land,
~oh so softly~
in my bed,
my fear quashed and cushioned by
awaking safe.

I feel caught up,
held tightly,
rescued amid the fall
we all will do,
like leaves drifting down
from heaven’s orchard,
like seeds released like kisses
into the air,
the earth rises to meet me
and Someone cradles me there.

 

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2 thoughts on “All This Falling

  1. Reassuring thoughts to cling to when we are besieged by and feel alone in our fear and uncertainty:
    – caught up…
    – rescued amid the fall…
    – ‘Someone’ cradles me…

    YES! His Presence and His Love are always with us. It is with that TRUST that we will overcome….

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  2. Your thoughts and words bring us closer together on this planet we share and your pictures are a added bonus. Look forward to another day .

    Like

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