“It is not our job to remain whole. We came to lose our leaves like the trees, and be born again, drawing up from the great roots.” –Robert Bly
The quote above is by poet, author and social commentator Robert Bly, who wrote most of his work throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s. His poems are known for exploring man’s connection with the natural world, and often draw together the myths and imagery of many cultures. Though some of his later writing on social mores was controversial, his poetry remains universally powerful and lovely.
As I feel autumn coming in full force here, the year dying around me, the quote above really speaks to me. When I think about the events in my life, the joys as well as the losses, it’s helpful to see them like the falling leaves, ready to be shed by every tree in their time. They come and then they go, and will continue to do so as long as the tree remains, roots sunk strong and deep.