Bright Blessings

I created another blank canvas this morning with a pale violet colour, then browsed the photos I’ve taken of flowers. I never know what I’m going to settle on, just follow my intuition. So today my attention was taken by a wild flower that my husband found growing near the apartment we stayed in when we first moved to North Cyprus. I have no idea what the flower is, it’s a heather pink in its original form, but I was poking away at dear old PicMonkey’s gizmos today and really liked the colour change which is in the photo I finally settled on after playing with BeFunky and Pixlr.

I’ve called this Bright Blessings because the flower seems to be radiating out energy and I thought it might be a bit of encouragement in a world which seems to be in a bit of turmoil. Hope this cheers your day up! Below the artwork is one of my favourite poems by the Irish poet, John O’Donohue, Beannacht.

Bright Blessings
Bright Blessings

BEANNACHT
(“Blessing”)

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 in to 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.

~ John O’Donohue ~

(Echoes of Memory)

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