Blessing For a Wooden Spoon

Blessing For a Wooden Spoon

A couple of weeks ago a friend sent me a link to a radio interview with the late John O’Donohue, Irish poet and philosopher. O’Donohue read a blessing from his last collection, To Bless the Space Between Us. I ordered his book and upon reading it, was inspired to write some blessings of my own. These next blessings/blogs reflect my gratitude for the items I have used in my everyday life over the last 40 years.

Wooden spoon carved as a wedding gift

Blessing for a Wooden Spoon

For years of stirred stews and soups
and memories of daffodils
nodding in the yard of she
who revealed you in wood,
carved your lines,
before my own hand, over decades,
brought the grain up

For years of service,
leaving you weathered,
water-split from
washing, washing, washing—
a wedding gift
when I was so young

My gratitude!

To be graced by such treasure!
Your memories, heartwood now,
The nature of tree
hidden in spoon
stirring the soup
of me