Words of Love

“Beannacht / 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
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.

Another of love’s remarkable qualities is that of blessing. Love conveyed by whatever means always brings blessing. It blesses if it points out that which is inconsistent with its spirit and much be changed or relinquished. It blesses if it encourages you to overcome that which has previously held you back. It blesses if it strengthens your faith in yourself and if it reminds you that you do indeed have a place in the world, a purpose, a reason for being.

You do no need to find love; you need to be still long enough for love to find you. Love courses through the body of nature, it pulses into the earth with every heartbeat, it whispers through the air with every breath of every living creature. Love flows through the marvelous design of nature’s inanimate elements.

Love is everywhere.




*currach – noun (esp. in Wales and Ireland) a small, round boat made of wickerwork covered with a watertight material, propelled with a paddle.

4 thoughts on “Words of Love

  1. I love the poem! I am touched by the working of the wind of love around me as an invisible cloak that can mind my life. As it does mind my life it does allow vision to see that which has been inconsistent and what needs to be relinquished and what my reason for being is.
    As we know it for ourselves we can serve as an example to so bless all in our world.


  2. David R

    Although most would tend to have some concept of what is meant by the word ‘blessing,’ my suspicion is that few would be fully aware the deeper aspects of this spirit. There is something that eludes definition, something that gives evidence of a unique and spontaneous combination of love and truth as related to the moment and the circumstance immediately at hand. Blessing activates and transforms, bringing creative pressure to bear and at the same time lightening the load of one who receives it.


  3. Coco

    It is! When it fills our hearts, it’s the power that connects us to the Creator and lets our lives become an instrument so his will is done on Earth.


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