Andes Mint #26: Poem of the Week (novel excerpt), by Louise Erdrich

Excerpt from “The Painted Drum”
– a novel 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 that you tasted as many as you could.

For more information on Louise Erdrich, please click here: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/louise-erdrich

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One comment

  1. Karen · August 12, 2013

    Love this…

    Like

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