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.