Thursday, December 31, 2009

At the End of the Year

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 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 (1956-2008)

John O'Donohue had a great impact on all the lives he touched...including mine. His books were the first Celtic books that I read.   My special favorite is Anam Cara which I loved so much that I went out and bought it again when it was lost.  What a special, wonderful man he was.

May each and every one of  you have a wonderful New Year filled with blessings and joy.  I am so thankful to have each of you in my life. 


  1. Blessings for the new year to you.

  2. John O'Donohue's untimely death was a huge loss, wasn't it? But we can still read his beautiful, poetic thoughts! Happy New Year, dear Mary!

  3. "Where neither time nor tide can touch them."
    powerful...tis a beautiful poem i have never heard before...thank you for such enlightning words to start our day! brightest blessings~

  4. Lovely...

    I will have to look into works by him.

    Happy New Year's hugs...

  5. His words are amazing!

    Happiest of New Years to you - I hope this year brings you and your family many good things!

  6. A happy and blessed New Year to you. =)

  7. I love poety I write it not often enough though its hard with a lil one Although here latelly I have been more inspired! Have a Happy new year hun