Life Will Break You
A personal confession, beginning with a short poem by Louise Erdrich
Life will break you.
Nobody can protect you from that,
and living alone won't either,
for solitude will also break you
with its yearning.
You have to love.
You have to feel.
It is the reason you are here on earth.
You are here to risk your heart.
You are here to be swallowed up.
And when it happens that you are broken,
or betrayed, or left, or hurt,
or death brushes near,
let yourself sit by an apple tree
and listen to the apples
falling all around you in heaps,
wasting their sweetness.
Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
~ Louise Erdrich
Has life ever broken you? Yeah. Me, too. The truth is, this poem speaks to me because I am broken open right now…
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