At the End of the Year- December 31, 2020

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At the End of the Year

by John O’Donohue


The particular mind of the ocean

Filling the coastline’s longing

With such brief harvest

Of elegant, vanishing waves

Is like the mind of time

Opening us shapes of days.


As this year draws to its end,

We give thanks for the gifts it brought

And how they became inlaid within

Where neither time nor tide can touch them.


The days when the veil lifted

And the soul could see delight;

When a quiver caressed the heart

In the sheer exuberance of being here.


Surprises that came awake

In forgotten corners of old fields

Where expectation seemed to have quenched.


The slow, brooding times

When all was awkward

And the wave in the mind

Pierced every sore with salt.


The darkened days that stopped

The confidence of the dawn.


Days when beloved faces shone brighter

With light from beyond themselves;

And from the granite of some secret sorrow

A stream of buried tears loosened.


We bless this year for all we learned,

For all we loved and lost

And for the quiet way it brought us

Nearer to our invisible destination.

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