Poems men should know – Part 9 – Beannacht (“Blessing”)

Whatever your view on spirituality, sometimes our friends can share words that lift our hearts. I suppose you might call these blessings. And sometimes that’s all we can do for people, bless them that they find peace and happiness.

And so today I share a lovely poem called Beannacht, which means “blessing” in Irish, written by the late philosopher, John O’Donohue, whose words I discovered when I was in hospital last year.

If you don’t already know the poem, hopefully the words will bring you hope.

“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.”
– John O’Donohue

And here is the poem, recited beautifully by the man himself:

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