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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a Pearl Harbor Day rally aboard the USS Yorktown Memorial in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, December 7, 2015. REUTERS/Randall Hill

 

“The Departure of the Prodigal Son”

By Rainer Maria Rilke

  

To go forth now from all the entanglement that is ours and yet not ours, like the water in an old well, reflects us in fragments, distorts what we are.

From all that clings like burrs and brambles– to go forth and see for once, close up, afresh, what we had ceased to see– so familiar it had become.

To glimpse how vast and how impersonal is the suffering that filled your childhood.

 Yes, to go forth, hand pulling away from hand.

Go forth to what? To uncertainty, to a country with no connections to us and indifferent to the dramas of our life.

 What drives you to go forth? Impatience, instinct, a dark need, the incapacity to understand.

 To bow to all this. To let go– even if you have to die alone.

 Is this the start of a new life?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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