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John O'Donohue - Beannacht / Blessing

Beannacht / Blessing

by John O'Donohue


Original Language English

On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.
And when your eyes
freeze behind
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green,
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.


-- from Echoes of Memory, by John O'Donohu
Poetry Chaikhana | John O'Donohue - Beannacht / Blessing


Several of my friends seem especilly "weighted down" today.  This poem is for you.

O'Donohue is the featured poet on Poetry Chaikhana today, and i wanted to post one of his poems.  I like his poems (and his writing in general) very much.  Many of his poems, like this one are blessings.  And they are Irish blessings, warm, humorous, magical, religioous, and i can take them anyway i want.

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( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
athgarvan
Oct. 31st, 2015 02:05 pm (UTC)
Lovely.
bobby1933
Oct. 31st, 2015 08:25 pm (UTC)
Yes!
amaebi
Nov. 2nd, 2015 01:48 am (UTC)
I really like that.
bobby1933
Nov. 2nd, 2015 04:49 am (UTC)
Me, too.
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