Poem of the Month ~ January 2012
With Love, for John O’Donohue (1 Jan 1956 – 4 Jan 2008), Trickster, Lover, Poet, Sage
This poem evokes quiet wonderment in me and reminds me of something O’Donohue said, with a lilting voice and a mischievous twinkle in his eye: “Mind your mind now, and steady yourself, for there is a stillness within ye that has never been disturbed.”
With a deep bowing WOW to John and to you and to all new beginnings. –Krayna
John O’Donohue reading from “To Bless the Space Between Us” (click through to YouTube video)
For A New Beginning
In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.
By John O’Donohue, from To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings
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