the quiet way...

Coalseam National Park Wildflowers September 09

i just read this poem from a post by Christine Mason Miller (aka Swirly) and it sums up completely how i feel about the transition from 2009 to 2010.  it is beautiful.  have a read...

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 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 ~
Taken from the book To Bless The Space Between Us (in the U.S.)and  Benedictus (in the U.K.)
 © John O’Donohue. All rights reserved.


  1. It is so great to see how John’s work continues to weave “words of love . . . an invisible cloak, to mind your life.” I also want to support you in sharing that inspiration and love. I am, however, responsible for minding the technicalities connected with the preservation of John’s estate and literary legacy. John’s family would be very grateful if you would add to your quote a note that gives the title of the book from which the poem is taken (To Bless The Space Between Us [in the U.S.]; Benedictus [in the U.K.]) – along with a copyright attribution ( © John O’Donohue. All rights reserved.) and the web site: www.johnodonohue.com — so that those who want to know more about John can come to us?

    warmly and with gratitude,

  2. Hello Lindaa - As i cant contact you back i am hoping you may check back here - thankyou linda for your comment - I appreciate your encouragement and gentleness :) what beautiful poems John wrote - i will have to read more of them - from a man with a heart of gold...