Poetry 129: Beannacht (A New Years Blessing) by John O’Donohue

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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.

This weeks poem was suggested by Jim Champion.

About Richard Flanagan

I’m an Operating Department Practitioner who works for my local NHS trust in Shropshire, UK. I’m married with two young children (plus two dogs and a corn snake) and am currently undertaking an Open University degree in History. I listen to a lot of music of all genres, but especially Rock (Punk, Alternative etc.) and enjoy cooking, eating and drinking. Although I don’t consider myself to be a Buddhist I am interested in some Buddhist ideas and practices. As such, I was briefly active with Secular Buddhism UK and it was through that group that I came to be involved with the Middle Way Society.

5 thoughts on “Poetry 129: Beannacht (A New Years Blessing) by John O’Donohue

  1. I love this! Particularly “May the clay dance/ to balance you”. It seems particularly apt after the response I’ve just made to ‘Visa’. Making the clay dance seems the most important thing – finding ways of gaining inspiration from, and working with, ordinary stuff, rather than appealing to extraordinary experiences. For that we need the nourishment of the earth as well as the clarity of light.

    Happy New Year to all!

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