Never be fooled into embracing lonely people.
They wrap fiercely
around the rare neck of this gift,
they will choke you.
Nothing. When you are asked for an embrace
tell them you will not surrender baby,
you will not surrender.
Then, break your promise and
Each thing — each stone, blossom, child — is held in place.
Only we, in our arrogance, push out beyond what we 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.
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, from What The Things Can Teach Us