Irish Blessing ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 23

SOCIAL BRIDGE ~ Jean Tubridy connecting with you from Ireland

The  poet, John O’Donohue, whose words have touched so many people’s hearts and souls around the world was born on this day, January 2,  in 1956 and sadly died on January 4, 2008.  I would like to post this beautiful poem  which is so appropriate for the New Year, in his memory:

Beannacht
(“Blessing”)
 
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…

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