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

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Soul Gatherings


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…

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

  1. rabirius says:

    Happy New Year!

  2. Anne says:

    These words are so beautiful. Thank you for sending them abroad and may this be a special year for your endeavours.

  3. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    A lovely poem to share. Happy new year Eliza

  4. Beautiful! Words! 💕😍 Happy New Year Eliza

  5. Lovely!

    Have a wonderful, happy, blessed 2017! This week I am going to start a new post that will hopefully be weekly, inspired by yours! (I will keep it a surprise for now.)

  6. Rebecca says:

    Happy new year, Eliza. Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog all this year, and for you contribution to the WordPress community. You are a wonderful, positive influence x

  7. Kathy Sturr says:

    This is so beautiful Eliza. Thank you. I had to share.

  8. A beautiful poem and wishes. May your 2017 be a wonderful year!

  9. Peter/Outlaw says:

    A beautiful blessing to ring in the new year! May yours be a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2017!

  10. ladyfi says:

    Fabulous shot and a wonderful blessing.

  11. rickii says:

    Words and picture to sustain us…Thank You!

  12. Laurie Graves says:

    Beautiful poem and what a picture! (The spiral is my favorite shape.) Happy New Year!

  13. Robin says:

    Beautiful blessing, Eliza. Thank you for sharing it, and Happy New Year! 🙂

  14. I do enjoy his words. Have a wonderful start to the year! 🙂

  15. Hope you don’t mind that I passed along the O’Donohue poem. It spoke to me–powerful words at the right time$

  16. Annette says:

    Beautiful poem and picture – may inspiration be with you in 2017 and always. Best wishes 🙂

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