Thursday, December 30, 2010

...the end of the year...

At The End of The Year

The particular mind of the ocean
Filling the coastline's longing
With such brief harvest
Of elegant, vanishing waves
Is like the mind of time
Opening us shapes of days.

As this year draws to its end,
We give thanks for the gifts it brought
And how they became inlaid within
Where neither time nor tide can touch them.

The days when the veil lifted
And the soul could see delight;
When a quiver caressed the heart
In the sheer exuberance of being here.

Surprises that came awake
In forgotten corners of old fields
Where expectation seemed to have quenched.

The slow, brooding times
When all was awkward
And the wave in the mind
Pierced every sore with salt.

The darkened days that stopped
The confidence of the dawn.

Days when beloved faces shone brighter
With light from beyond themselves;
And from the granite of some secret sorrow
A stream of buried tears loosened.

We bless this year for all we learned,
For all we loved and lost
And for the quiet way it brought us
Nearer to our invisible destination.

~ John O'Donohue
(To Bless the Space Between Us)

As John O'Donohue encourages, let us bless this year as it comes to its end and open our hearts to embrace the new year before us.  I count myself blessed to be blogging with each and every one of you and have treasured all our exchanges in 2010.  May your 2011 be filled with well-being, laughter, light and love.

P.S.  The three images in this post were produced from photographs taken in the Spring of this year.  Yes, you guessed it, they were manipulated digitally in PSE.  I experimented with a few different versions and wanted to share them with you here.  Enjoy . . . and again, Happy New Year dear friends.


  1. What a wonderful end-of-the-year gift, Bonnie. Beautiful images, as I have come to expect, and a lovely meditation from John O'Donohue. Thanks so much. I look forward to our continued dialogue in the coming year.

  2. Happy New Year Bonnie. Your photo manipulations are great.

  3. I am so glad I have found your blog, I enjoy your poetry, photography and thoughts. Happy New Year.

  4. amen. i hope you have a wonderful new year bonnie...gorgeous pics as usual...

  5. Such gorgeous images. I was stopping by because I wanted to wish you a happy new year and thank you for being a follower of my blog. It means a lot to me. Thank you. May your new year be filled with laughter, more joy than sorrow, peace, and wisdom. Blessings to you. Happy new year!

  6. Lovely words and the art pieces are fabulous!! Thank you ever so much!
    Happy New Year and hugs

  7. A wonderful, reflective poem, Bonnie. Thank you. ". . . inlaid within . . ." so like the Rilke I posted too. We can always take our days inside us and transform them into gold. This is something you help me do continually. Thank you for the ways you help me lift the veil.

    Your images are very beautiful and remind me of the paintings of waterlilies of Monet's that I just viewed at Chicago's Art Institute.

  8. Beautiful new year's thoughts and images (the spring photographs have much Monet in them). I guess the new year's chimes bring us a bit "nearer to our invisible destination"; good to know the trek there is in the company of such inspiring and inspired blog friends as yourself, Bonnie. Happy new year to you and your family.

  9. hi bonnie, a big thankyou for the wonderful words and images you've shared here this year. your insights are thoughtful and thought-making and for that alone i could be grateful!! i wish you a joyous and creative year coming and have fun sending this one back in time! steven

  10. Thank you for this Bonnie and for your words of wisdom and insight that you share here freely. Blessings to you for a 2011 filled with joy, light, and discovery!

  11. Hi- the images and words blend so beautifully - I feel so safe and good here - sometimes challenged in the best of ways to reflect and look beyond my view - I thank you for that. Happy New year and I so look forward to continuing on this journey with you.
    Love Gail


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