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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 the nourishment of the earth be yours,

may the clarity of light 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’Donohue, a poet from Ireland.

*note: a “currach” is a small Irish/Scottish boat made of wood and wrapped in canvas. To watch a

purely beautiful film of one being made see:   www.bluefingers.ie/imraimh


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