Apr 27 2011

John O’Donohue – I arise today

Published by at 8:11 am under Poetry,Poetry Chaikhana Misc.

I arise today
by John O’Donohue

I arise today

Blessed by all things,
Wings of breath,
Delight of eyes,
Wonder of whisper,
Intimacy of touch,
Eternity of soul,
Urgency of thought,
Miracle of health,
Embrace of God.

May I live this day.

— from Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong, by John O’Donohue

/ Photo by Vincepal /

On Friday afternoon, right after sending out the poem email, my computer went kaput… problem with the hard drive. I just got it back yesterday, with a healthy new hard drive. Four days without a computer, without email, without access to the Internet. As much as I work at the computer these days, it’s a little disorienting to have it totally removed from my life… and then it’s pretty nice! 🙂 A good reminder of all the rest of life.

…But that’s why you haven’t heard from me since last week. It might take me another day or two to get caught up with emails.

Anyway, I’m back and I’m reachable again.


Today’s poem, what should I say?

May I live this day.


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John O’Donohue is an inspiring Irish philosopher, poet, mystic who passed away unexpectedly in early 2008.

John O’Donohe had degrees in philosophy and literature. His writings, though grounded in academic philosophy and theology, are immediate, personal, very human. He was as much a mystic and a poet as a contributor to philosophical dialog.

Much of his writing and poetry drew deeply from Irish Celtic perspectives, both in Christian and pre-Christian wisdom, while speaking to a widely diverse, modern audience.

More poetry by John O’Donohue

3 responses so far

3 Responses to “John O’Donohue – I arise today”

  1. Rena Navonon 27 Apr 2011 at 11:41 am

    I can’t help but be reminded of the traditional line, “all’s right with the world”. “May I live this day” is more in keeping with the desperate modern pace we are all living in.
    It also brings to my mind the Torah’s way of expressing the same idea: “I give you this day”.
    Both could be equally paraphrased: One day at a time….

  2. Michael Skeldingon 28 Apr 2011 at 4:32 am

    Again and again the mystics bring home the realisation of this amazing thing called life. Life lives in every living thing. A simple thought, but how many people pass through without this awareness.
    Thank you Rena for your comments on my poem and for your response with your own lines. And thank you Ivan for allowing us to share and come together in this way.

  3. Jackieon 28 Apr 2011 at 6:02 am

    This is one of several sites I wake to each morning. And what a blessed way to start my day. The gratitude of this poem is simply and I loved it. And thank you Ivan for showing up for all of us. Love and Peace to you.

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