poetry+friday+button-e1341309970195Beannacht translates from Irish to blessing in English, and this poem is a blessing indeed. I found it difficult to know which stanza to share as each moves me deeply. I have written about my “Make Good Choices” refrain with my children. I wish I could recite this poem to them each time they set off. I love the idea of the wind wrapping words around them protectively. I finally chose to share the second stanza of the poem because of the image of a “flock of colours” awakening a “meadow of delight.” To read the entire poem, just click on the title or click on the video link to hear John O’Donohue recite his work. He has crafted a powerful, beautiful incantation of blessing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

by John O’Donohue

And when your eyes
Freeze behind
The grey window
And the ghost of loss
Gets into you,
May a flock of colours,
Indigo, red, green
And azure blue,
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.


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25 thoughts on “Beannacht–Blessing

  1. dmayr says:

    It is a pleasure to hear the voice of an Irish writer reciting his blessed poem. Thanks for sharing it today!

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  2. Linda Baie says:

    I’m glad you shared all the poem, Molly. This is a lovely thought to say this blessing to your children each time they go out into the world.

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  3. katswhiskers says:

    I agree with Di – the voice (and the scenery) enhance this on every level. A beautiful blessing.

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  4. Beautiful and moving words. I love to think of colors bringing our mood around to delight.

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  5. What a wonderful start to the day. There was a poet who had lived.

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  6. tee+d says:

    I’ve listened to him read it aloud twice now. THANK YOU. How lovely, truly lovely.

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  7. Oh, an Irish accent enunciating beautiful words. Thank you for this delight, Molly. =)

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  8. So beautiful and comforting (especially read in that gorgeous accent!). I can see why it was difficult to decide which portion to share. Thanks for passing the blessing on, Molly.

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  9. Julie Larios says:

    Wow. When “…the ghost of loss / gets into you….” That really speaks to me right now. I’m going to send this video to my kids today, Molly. They might wonder why I’m so sentimental, or wonder why I want to bless them today, specifically. But I always want them to be blessed, so I’ll seize the day. Thanks!

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  10. dorireads says:

    I love hearing that beautiful Gaelic voice reciting the poem. So lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. What a lovely message this would be to send your kids–thanks for sharing it with us.

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  12. maryleehahn says:

    Thank you for this. It was the perfect poem to send to friends whose mother/mil just went into hospice. Both for them, and for her.

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  13. haitiruth says:

    I love this one – in fact, I posted it last week! Thanks for sharing it, and for the video.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      I guess I missed that, Ruth! I’ll have to go back and see what you wrote about it. (Here’s hoping I haven’t totally lost my mind and read it last week and forgot…)


  14. Irene Latham says:

    John O’Donohue is greatly missed. I’m so grateful for his words… his little book of blessings is one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing!

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  15. I agree! I love the lines, too. Thanks for sharing this one!

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  16. You inspired me to find John O’Donohue’s website and now I have more rich goodies to read. The last stanza of this poem is especially lovely–the wind wrapping the blessing around the blessed one.

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