19 Sep 2012
A Blessing Beannacht - John O'Donohue Poem
Beannacht — A Blessing
by John O’Donohue
Thank you to my friend Gibby Keys for reminding me of this glorious Irish poem.
Shortly before his death in 2008, the late Irish poet John O'Donohue recited his poem Beannacht, meaning blessing, during an interview with Krista Tippett. Woven throughout this reading are his close friends' photographs of him in his Celtic landscapes.
John wrote Beannacht for his mother, Josie O'Donohue
Beautifully delivered by John in his soft Irish lilt - each verse a gem to be treasured.
Beannacht — A Blessing — by 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
The gray window
And the ghost of loss
Gets in to you,
May a flock of colors,
Indigo, red, green
And azure blue
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.
When the canvas frays
In the curach 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,
And 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.
From Anam Cara by John O’Donohue
Also printed in To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings by same author
And in Echoes of Memory (a book of poetry) also by same author
Beannacht - A Blessing for Josie
Amazon: Book - Echoes of Memory