Posted by: Janet | January 12, 2008

A New Year Blessing

A few days ago in the Irish Times there was a tribute to John O’Donohue.  This was not someone that I had heard of before reading the article.  He was an Irish poet, philosopher, and Catholic scholar, a very spiritual man.  What attracted me about the article was A New Year Blessing which had been part of his latest work, Benedictus.  I quote it below to share it with you:

A New Year Blessing

BEANNACHT

On the day when

The weight deadens

 On your shouders

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 into 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.

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