Down here, the light is peach colored, and as the sun shifts, one loose shadow, like thought, takes on a sharp edge.
∆ Gretel Ehrlich, from Unsolaced: Along the Way to All That Is (Penguin, 2021)
“The point is, not to resist the flow. You go up when you're supposed to go up and down when you're supposed to go down. When you're supposed to go up, find the highest tower and climb to the top. When you're supposed to go down, find the deepest well and go down to the bottom. When there's no flow, stay still. If you resist the flow, everything dries up. If everything dries up, the world is darkness.”
― Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Don’t be afraid to suffer—take your heaviness / and give it back to the earth’s own weight / the mountains are heavy, the oceans are heavy.
∆ Rainer Maria Rilke, from The Poetry of Rilke, Sonnets to Orpheus