At the End of the Year

An end of the year blessing from the ever-wonderful John O’Donohue:

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, from To Bless the Space Between Us

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4 Responses to At the End of the Year

  1. Adele Ryan McDowell December 28, 2017 at 6:12 pm #

    Love all ‘round, my friend! Sending you buckets! Happy happy and thanks for your ongoing support. xx

  2. Adele Ryan McDowell December 28, 2017 at 6:11 pm #

    Happy New Year, dear Stefania. Onward we go! xx

  3. Stefania M December 28, 2017 at 4:20 pm #

    Absolute Truths!
    Happy New Year!

  4. Colleen Brown December 28, 2017 at 4:17 pm #

    Loving you– appreciating our bonding– love your selections. Love life and it loves me back.. grin ..