The Most Colourful Poem Ever Written? ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 297

Festival of Colour, Creativity and Connection
Festival of Colour, Creativity and Connection

As part of my Festival of Colour, Creativity and Connection here on Social Bridge, I got to thinking about the most colourful poem ever written. So, I sit here surrounded by tomes of poetry books, anthologies and with poems, stanzas, lines, half-lines, words … dripping from my mind.

Rainbow over Tramore Bay, Co. Waterford
Rainbow over Tramore Bay, Co. Waterford

Such a range of possibilities but, for me, one poem stands above them all and this is it:

Beannacht 

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 into 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.

(from:  Echoes of Memory)

What poem/s would you select bearing in mind that ‘colourful’ can be interpreted in so many different ways?

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and I love to write both non-fiction and poetry.

14 thoughts on “The Most Colourful Poem Ever Written? ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 297”

  1. What a beautiful evocation of colour! I have just returned to the rains of Ireland after a few days in sun-stricken Spain. Your sharing of John O’Donohue’s glorious words have brought a rainbow into my life.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s