An invisible cloak to mind your life

January 31, 2016

awaken in you ameadow of delight...The well-known and beloved Irish poet John O’Donohue (1956-2008) who was known for Celtic spirituality, wrote this beautiful Irish blessing for his mother.  Beannacht means blessing in Gaelic. It’s the thought for today.

Beannacht: A Blessing for the New Year

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.

Currach:  a large boat used on the west coast of Ireland

8 comments on “An invisible cloak to mind your life
  1. Nina Gaby says:

    perfect for today, thanks

  2. Alana says:

    Beautiful imagery and blessing.

  3. Barbara says:

    Love this! Thanks.

  4. This is beautiful, Carol! I need to be more in touch with my Irish roots 🙂

  5. Lois Hoffman says:

    Really nice thoughts. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Estelle says:

    This is lovely. Thanks for sharing it. Love reading your blog for your wit and wisdom.

  7. Janie Emaus says:

    Beautiful poem. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

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