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.

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.


  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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