The August Break: Nine

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09. Earth

John O'Donohue, On Being

I listened to a breathtaking episode of On Being tonight, an interview with Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue, entitled

The Inner Landscape of Beauty

The Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue was beloved for his book Anam Ċara, Gaelic for “soul friend,” and for his insistence on beauty as a human calling. In one of his last interviews before his death in 2008, he articulated a Celtic imagination about how the material and the spiritual — the visible and the invisible — intertwine in human experience. His voice and writings continue to bring ancient mystical wisdom to modern confusions and longings.

Listen to the entire episode or just O’Donohue’s poem—entitled “Beannacht—which you can download as an mp3 at this link. 

On the subject of earth, I’m offering up his words

may the nourishment of the earth be yours.

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 into 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.

A New Year Blessing

Benedictus (To Bless The Space Between Us)

One Response to The August Break: Nine

  1. Carrie August 10, 2015 at 2:20 am #

    Thank You Rachel

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