Happy Holidays!

I hope you're enjoying a special and happy time over these days. Here is a seasonal poem for you, based on an old Irish mid-winter blessing, that sends you all good wishes.Thank you, as always, for reading — and wishing you and yours the very best for 2013.

Mid-Winter Blessing

Father, mother, growing child,

all blessings on you all.

Bless your hearth, and bless your board,

and every sturdy wall.


Bless the fields about your place,

the hillock and the sedge.

Bless holly bush and laurel

and birdsong from the hedge.


Bless the air on hands and face,

and sun on winter’s day.

Bless trees that broke the gnaw of wind,

and heralded the way.


Bless your open windows

letting moon and starlight in.

Bless unlatched door that welcomed

a stranger as if kin.


Bless the roof that shelters you,

the cribs on which you rest,

bless the holding of your house,

yes, all your lintels blessed.


Bless bow and fiddle tuning,

for carols soon to sing.

Bless drink to fire some dancing,

and fire to warm the skin.


Bless news fetched in by neighbours,

all tidings that they bring,

bless feast laid out for feasting,

let merriment begin.


Bless the joy here gathering,

Its life within us ring,

Oh, bless the heart and soul

of every living, blessed thing.


Blessed the hearth, and blessed the board,

and blessed each sturdy wall.

Mother, father, growing child,

all blessings on you all.