Friday, July 4, 2014

may the clarity of light be yours

Looking, Walking, Being

by Denise Levertov

“The World is not something to
look at, it is something to be in.”
– Mark Rudman

I look and look.
Looking’s a way of being: one becomes,
sometimes, a pair of eyes walking.
Walking wherever looking takes one.

The eyes
dig and burrow into the world.
They touch
fanfare, howl, madrigal, clamor.
World and the past of it,
not only
visible present, solid and shadow
that looks at one looking.

And language? Rhythms
of echo and interruption?
a way of breathing.

breathing to sustain
walking and looking,
through the world,
in it.

Beannacht / Blessing

by John O’Donohue

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.

May you be in the world in a way that sustains you.

May you find the centre of your soul in the light as it filters down unto you.

May you breathe in the scent of summer blossoms and find some calm in this.

May you delight in the quiet moments and the colourful ones.

And I never tire of hearing Mr. Leonard Cohen:

"The birds they sang
at the break of day
start again
I heard them say
don't dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be."


“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.”

It pleases me to have Leonard Cohen, Denise Levertov and John O'Donohue all in the same post, for some reason. 

All of their words an invisible cloak that minds my life. 


  1. you shawna are a gift.
    and thank you for giving us the gift of leonard cohen in this post.
    as always. you've captured the light.
    in more ways than one.

  2. Oh thank you for this today...beautiful gathas and the robin-! I dearly love robins and their late afternoon song.
    Denise Levertov well I have all her books well-loved and dog-eared.
    Bless you

  3. Thank you for another beautiful, meaningful post and for the gift of poetry you share. The O'Donohue poem is especially welcome today. I love the photo on top, the cooler colours, the texture and dappled light, as a knitter who likes to work with colour I'm always wondering: how do I knit that? Thank you, too for stopping by today over at mine, your words always mean a lot to me:) xo


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