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Beannacht – A New Year’s Blessing by John O’Donohue


Beannacht – A New Year Blessing
~ John O’Donohue ~

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 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.

27 thoughts on “Beannacht – A New Year’s Blessing by John O’Donohue

  1. Absolutely pure grace. Thank you. I pray blessings on you also. I have missed your posts. Hope all is as well for you as can be expected in this precarious world and growth demanding life.

    • You’re so very welcome, Eileen! Blessings of the New Year to you as well. Funny you should mention my posts – my son always asks me when I’ll start writing them again. My writing muse has been missing for quite some time…I hope to find her again in 2017. Thank you for your loyalty.

  2. Love these words πŸ’•
    Thank you Theresa for the inspirations that you bring every day!
    Wishing you a Happy and Heathy New Year filled with love and peace πŸ’›

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