Tuesday, August 7, 2012

I'm blessed for the pleasure, blessed for the agony

Poem by my father

Translated by me


 I'm blessed for the pleasure, blessed for the agony
Blessed for the fear, the pain of it all
In which I was steeped, in this reality
And granted the chance to endure or to fall 

I'm blessed for the hardship, and blessed for the hurt
Blessed for the crevices, obstacles and all
In the heart of the storm, my journey I chart
To leap over the inferno, and turn back to recall

I'm blessed to have lived, in honor and courage
Blessed I could take a deep plunge, then soar
Blessed for the vinegar, and blessed for the honey
Blessed to be counted with the few at the fore
That somehow did reach their big destiny.

Listen to Kathy Bell Denton, the voice artist for Home, read this poem:


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Creation of the World (oil painting by my father)

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14 comments:

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    1. Thank you Dr. Niamh Clune! I am in the process of putting together a book of poetry in tribute of my father...

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  2. The poem reflects beautifully the graciousness & the sense gratitude and fortitude in your father's heart and the artwork is wonderful, it shows resilience, hope & aspiration to me.

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    1. Thank you dear Shyam! Yes, this is a poem of acceptance and hope, and I would like to believe that this is the place my father finally reached, after years of bitter anguish that is reflected in so many of the poems of his later years...

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  3. Wonderful words and wonderful art. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much, Claudio, it's my pleasure.

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  4. It's a beautiful and enduring soul that can find gratitude in both the highs and lows of life. Loved it!

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  5. Uvi, this is a beautiful perspective on life and a wonderful painting as well.

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    1. Thank you so much! (And what an intriguing name for your blog)

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