Blessing in Disguise

In darkened rooms
with curtains pulled
to banish day,
we welcome gloom,
unaware of gaps
allowing rays
to bathe our eyes –
sadness consoles grievers,
a blessing in disguise.

Kim M. Russell, 2017

Blessing in Disguise

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My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics – Blessings

Paul tells us that he has been reading Anam Cara by the Irish poet/philosopher John O’Donohue, and in it are a number of very moving and profound Blessing poems.  He says he finds this form to be enormously uplifting and with the world being what it is today, h thinks offering up a wave of Blessings from our collective poets mind can’t be a bad thing. He has given us two examples: one by John O’Donohue and the other by James Wright.

Paul asks us to put pen to paper and write a Blessing with the hope that our words create ripples in the pond of the world.

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34 thoughts on “Blessing in Disguise

      1. I’ve read the introduction and the first ‘grief story’ in the section about losing a partner. So far it’s interesting. I’m reading the sections in order so I won’t get to the section about losing a parent for a while. The strange thing is that I wrote the poem before I downloaded the book to my Kindle. It was recommended by a grief counsellor.

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  1. Nice–someone else who dabbles in the edge of darkness. You had me at /welcoming gloom/. I agree sometimes a tragedy is growth, a new direction, a new journey. But too often titanic grief settles into the tissues of the heart, burrows deep, and never vacates; that’s when the blessing leads us astray.

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