Mother Earth, isn’t this what you want
To arise in us invisible?
Is it not your dream, to enter us so wholly
there’s nothing left outside us to see?
What, if not transformation,
is your deepest purpose? Earth, my love,
I want that too. Believe me,
no more of your springtimes are needed
to win me over — even one flower
is more than enough. Before I was named
I belonged to you. I seek no other law
but yours, and know I can trust
The death you will bring.
~Rainer Maria Rilke~
These exquisite words from Rilke were sent to me this first day of spring by a person I have grown to dearly love and deeply respect. He has sent this poem before and as one that possesses a poets heart, I have heard him quote it often. When he does recite the poem, it flows as if for the first time he has ever heard or spoken the words.
On March 19th, the eve of 2014 Spring Equinox, I pitched my small tent by the koi pond and slept under an ocean of stars. As I recalled the poem, hearing my dear friend’s voice in my memory, I realized that his words flowed with beauty, passion and ease because they came from a deeper well within him. A well that is filled with a profound love and respect for Mother Earth.
IF this life path as a human being is all about learning and growing then I suspect that a good deal of that comes when we are in relationship. This is often where we learn and grow the most… relationship. This poem and my friendship are two relationships. Both possess a sense of emanating life. One has the power and energy of the written word and one has that of the spoken word. However, it is the unique combination of a human speaking from a relationship with Mother Life that has the transforming energy that engenders my own heart to a deeper relationship with that which I love and respect most… Mother Earth, Mother Life, Gaia. So, I pray this spring is filled with much relating and learning and growing! Happy Spring, dear ones!