January 18, 2021

Pic & Poem of the Week: July 24, 2016

Dark Sky

Apocalyptic Sky

(Click on picture for larger image)

Blessing When the World is Ending

Look, the world
is always ending

the sun has come
crashing down.

it has gone
completely dark.

it has ended
with the gun,
the knife,
the fist.

it has ended
with the slammed door,
the shattered hope.

it has ended
with the utter quiet
that follows the news
from the phone,
the television,
the hospital room.

it has ended
with a tenderness
that will break
your heart.

But, listen,
this blessing means
to be anything
but morose.
It has not come
to cause despair.

It is simply here
because there is nothing
a blessing
is better suited for
than an ending,
nothing that cries out more
for a blessing
than when a world
is falling apart.

This blessing
will not fix you,
will not mend you,
will not give you
false comfort;
it will not talk to you
about one door opening
when another one closes.

It will simply
sit itself beside you
among the shards
and gently turn your face
toward the direction
from which the light
will come,
gathering itself
about you
as the world begins

from Circle of Grace
by Jan Richardson

From Jan’s blog, The Painted Prayerbook


  1. Robert F says

    With nothing to say,
    watch the sun silently rise,
    listen as birds sing.

  2. Robert F says

    Thank you, CM, for posting this beautiful and profound poem, and the equally moving photo.

  3. Danielle says

    This one is a keeper, CM. Thanks!

  4. Robert F says

    It’s impossible
    to anticipate white barns
    lit with pink sunlight.

  5. Christiane says

    I needed this poem. Thank you, Chaplain MIKE.

  6. This is stunning, both photo and poem. Thank you!

  7. David Cornwell says

    Yes. Amen.

    Thank you.

  8. That Other Jean says

    Thank you, Chaplain Mike. I will remember that when I need it most.

  9. Rick Ro. says

    Okay…now that’s a great poem. And that’s a great pic.

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