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May you be blessed with good friends,
And learn to be a good friend to yourself,
Journeying to that place in your soul where
There is love, warmth, and feeling.
May this change you.

May it transfigure what is negative, distant,
Or cold within your heart.

May you be brought into real passion, kindness,
And belonging.

May you treasure your friends.
May you be good to them, be there for them
And receive all the challenges, truth, and light you need.

May you never be isolated but know the embrace
Of your anam cara.

anam cara is Celtic for soul friend; source: O’Donohue, J. (2008). To bless the space between us. Doubleday, p. 43. image: “Two Petunias,” oil on panel, Georgia O’Keeffe (1886-1987), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


2 responses »

  1. Peter, I’ve been reading your blog, getting caught up… you’ve written some amazing posts. I am struck by how tender your heart is, and how I feel mine softening in response. This is a poem to be treasured indeed.

  2. from Beth:

    Thank you for sharing this poem. You have the ability through this blog format to touch many people with poetry that we might never read by another path. I am a lucky person to have those soul friends but I never heard about them so eloquently before.


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