A Morning Offering

Recital of a poem by the Irish writer, broadcaster and poet John O’Donoghue

‘ A Morning Offering ‘

which first appeared in his book

‘ The Space Between Us ‘.

Audio recital SoundCloud 2 minutes 30 second

I bless the night that nourished my heart

To set the ghosts of longing free

Into the flow and figure of dream

That went to harvest from the dark

Bread for the hunger no one sees.  

All that is eternal in me

Welcomes the wonder of this day

The field of brightness it creates

Offering time for each thing

To arise and illuminate. 

I place on the altar of dawn:

The quiet loyalty of breath,

The tent of thought where I shelter

And all beauty drawn to the eye. 

May my mind come alive today

To the invisible geography

That invites me to new frontiers

To break the dead shell of yesterdays,

To risk being disturbed and changed.

May I have the courage today

To live the life that I would love,

To postpone my dream no longer,

But do at last what I came here for

And waste my heart on fear no more.

From To Bless the Space Between

by John O’Donoghue

The offering between the land, sea and sky, southern coast of Tenerife. Jonathan O’Farrell

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