Shabby Miss Jenn

Monday, October 6, 2008

A Beautiful Poem for a Beautiful Baby

We have been home for over a week now and I am slowly but surely getting back on the computer.  Since Louisa's arrival I have gotten a lot of e-mails and it has taken me a while to catch up on reading them all.    I found this gem of a poem in the slew of e-mails that I have been going through.  A fellow Courage to Teach facilitator, Susan Nodurft sent me this lovely poem welcoming Louisa.  I like the poem so much I thought I would share it on here so that you could all enjoy it:

As a Child Enters the World

As I enter my new family,
May they be delighted
At how their kindness
Comes into blossom.

Unknown to me and them,
May I be exactly the one
To restore in their forlorn places
New vitality and promise.

May the hearts of others
Hear again the music
In the lost echoes
Of their neglected wonder.

If my destiny is sheltered,
May the grace of this privilege
Reach and bless the other infants
Who are destined for torn places.

If my destiny is bleak,
May I find in myself
A secret stillness
And tranquility
Beneath the turmoil.

May my eyes never lose sight
Of why I have come here,
That I never be claimed
By the falsity of fear
Or eat the bread of bitterness.

In everything I do, think,
Feel, and say,
May I allow the light
Of the world I am leaving 
To shine through and carry me home.

-John O'Donohue

Thanks Susan for such a great poem!


Purple Daisies said...

Louisa is just beautiful! I'm so glad Sarah sent me a link to your blog so I could check it out.

Congratulations on your new baby! Wishing you good sleep! :)

Mark, Rebecca and Sophia said...

Lovely poem. Babies are such perfect blessings.

Now I just need a few more "blessings" to catch-up with you!