Sunday, January 1, 2012

A New Year Blessing

A Blessing For The New Year

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 gray window
And the ghost of loss
Gets into 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 curragh 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
To Bless the Space Between Us


  1. great pic art to go much...and feeling that wind wrap around me....well that is the 55 mph wind here in cleveland right now...yikes...haha happy new year...

  2. Great image, Bonnie, one that makes me feel I am traveling on that road. Are you? And John O'Donohue's blessing for the new year leaves me with nothing but unfettered optimism about the future. He's still a blessing, you're a blessing, life's a blessing—blessings everywhere, more than we are usually capable of seeing in our daily lives. My very best wishes to you, Bonnie. May all of O'Donohue's blessings fall upon you and your family in the coming year.

  3. Oh Bonnie - this took my breath away, "thank you"
    Love Gail

  4. Love the painting and the words that go with it!
    Thank you
    May you have a blessed and joyous New Year

  5. The poem-blessing is terrific; O'Donohue is fairly new to me, and I am much richer for reading him. All the best in the New Year to you, Bonnie!

  6. Absolutely wonderful, Bonnie! I haven't read any O'Donohue before, but I'll be looking now! Fabulous image to accompany the great poem, too. Happy New Year.


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