Sometimes a man stands up during supper
and walks outdoors, and keeps on walking,
because of a church that stands somewhere in the East.
And his children say blessings on him as if he were dead.
And other man, who remains inside his own house,
stays there, inside the dishes and in the glasses,
so that his children have to go far out into the world
toward that same church, which he forgot
— RAINER MARIA RILKE, The Book of Hours II, 19
“So I lose the four walls and the roof and I go outside. And there’s these magnificent trees — these beings — out there, and all of weather, and all of Nature. And all the cicadas, and all the tree frogs. And all the Balance. And all the Life.
This world is full of Life. Just like you.”