Quiet friend who has come so far ~ Poem by Rilke

I have been basking in the deep wisdom and creativity of Joanna Macy for the past two weeks as I plan a long weekend retreat at the end of October (2015) called: Grief, Hope and Love ~ Deepening Our Connection with the Great Mother to Midwife the New World.

And I just discovered this poem on her website. It is so stunning that it needs to be shared here.

Part Two, Sonnet XXIX by Rainer Maria Rilke

Quiet friend who has come so far,
feel how your breathing makes more space around you.
Let this darkness be a bell tower
and you the bell. As you ring,

what batters you becomes your strength.
Move back and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.

In this uncontainable night,
be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses,
the meaning discovered there.

And if the world has ceased to hear you,
say to the silent Earth: I flow.
To the rushing water, speak: I am.

Taken on the access road to Valley Falls WV. (c) Tim Dicke

Taken on the access road to Valley Falls WV. (c) Tim Dicke

About Mare Cromwell

Referred to as “The Voice of Earth Mother” by a gifted Shoshone elder, Mare Cromwell is a multi-award-winning author, nature mystic, empathic intuitive healer (with shamanic influences) and international speaker. Her books include: "The Great Mother Bible"; "Messages from Mother.... Earth Mother"; and "If I gave you God’s phone number.... Searching for Spirituality in America". She has studied with Native American teachers for twenty years and is currently on hiatus from the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings. Mare leads workshops on our Sacred Planet-Earth Mother, Womb Wisdom and Sacred Silliness and more. She is the visionary behind the Great Mother Wisdom Gathering (Maryland, 2014). She loves to be involved in Ceremony. Mare is also a former worm herder. She calls Western Maryland home. www.marecromwell.com
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2 Responses to Quiet friend who has come so far ~ Poem by Rilke

  1. Lisa Bardack says:

    Beautiful! When is this retreat, Mare? Would love to get it on the calendar if it is in the area. Love to you..

  2. Hi Lisa,
    The retreat will be Oct 29 – Nov 1. Am working on the flyer right now. Will be at the Bishop Claggett Center just south of Frederick. Will send you the info, as soon as I get it all together, in the next two days. Hope you can join us! xoxoxo

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