POEMS: “For Loneliness” by John O’Donohue

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“For Loneliness”


When the light lessens,
Causing colors to lose their courage,
And your eyes fix on the empty distance
That can open on either side
Of the surest line
To make all that is
Familiar and near
Seem suddenly foreign,
When the music of talk
Breaks apart into noise
And you hear your heart louden
While the voices around you
Slow down to leaden echos
Turning silence
Into something stony and cold,
When the old ghosts come back
To feed on everywhere you felt sure,
Do not strengthen their hunger
By choosing fear;
Rather, decide to call on your heart
That it may grow clear and free
To welcome home your emptiness
That it may cleanse you
Like the clearest air
You could ever breathe.
Allow your loneliness time
To dissolve the shell of dross
That had closed around you;
Choose in this severe silence
To hear the one true voice
Your rushed life fears;
Cradle yourself like a child
Learning to trust what emerges,
So that gradually
You may come to know
That deep in that black hole
You will find the blue flower
That holds the mystical light
Which will illuminate in you
The glimmer of springtime.

John O’Donohue

7 Comments Add yours

  1. I once had a deep black hole in my life but no more thank God; He is the flower of my life; The Rose of Sharon, the Lilly of the Valley; Jesus Christ!

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    1. So glad to hear that your life has changed and your faith has healed you as you found the Light of God to guide you. ❤


  2. LindaP says:

    Jesus filled the hole in my life too!! Praise God!

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    1. So glad to hear that your life was also transformed by the light and love of God! ❤ ❤ ❤


  3. Margaret says:

    Hi Amira,
    Lovely poem. I originally came across John O’Donoghue in a bookshop in Ireland when I was over for the funeral of my aunt a few years ago’s. His book ‘Anam Cara’was a delight to read. Thank you.

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    1. Hi Margaret! Yes, I am really taken by his poems. I might want to read that book! Thank you for recommending it!
      Sorry about the loss of your aunt.
      Sometimes in those moments of sorrow, we find something beautiful that bring us comfort, such as a good book, poetry, a song, nature, a friend, etc…

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