Poem: “Beannacht (Blessing)” by John O’Donohue

This week, just a little poem to share with you. It may be helpful to know that a “currach” is a type of Irish boat. The author (since deceased) wrote these lines for his mother. You can find more information on O’Donohue’s life and work at http://www.johnodonohue.com.

Beannacht – For Josie

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.

6 thoughts on “Poem: “Beannacht (Blessing)” by John O’Donohue

  1. My ex wife sent this to me when I was feeling down. A huge compassion on her part. I lost the email and googled teh poem tonight and found it on your site so I could share with a friend who needed a lift. Thank you.

  2. Thank you, I sent this poem to my grand daughter ….in California for the new year inspiration ….so wonderful…

  3. Has to be the most beautiful and uplifting poem I have ever read. We are so a part of the earth, what has been and what is to come. Beautiful.

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