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A Blessing for You

By Barbara Leonhard | Featured Contributor


Dear Friends, most of us would agree that this past year has been extremely challenging if not tragic. Many of you have documented your pain and grief in poetry, fiction, and essays. St. Patrick’s Day is today and Easter is coming up, so it’s a good time for us to transmute our sorrow and fear into blessings. It’s spring, a time of rebirth as we see the daffodils blooming. Although daffodils are sometimes pelted by one last snowfall, they are resilient. Indeed, spring is full of promise as four-leaf clovers await our search for good health and fortune. The fourth leaf, luck, adds to the trinity, so even if we fail to find the four-leaf clover, we are truly never alone. With love, I offer this blessing…

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May you be blessed.

May good luck follow you always.

May you be healthy and thus wealthy.

May your heart be filled with grace
not grief.

May your home be filled with love,
not languor.

May your days be filled with mystery,
not misery.

May your back never bend in storm.

May friends and family gather at last     
in your welcoming arms.

Barbara Leonhard
Barbara Leonhard

Barbara Harris Leonhard, a retired instructor of English as a Second Language at the University of Missouri, is a writer, poet, and blogger at Extraordinary Sunshine Weaver. Her work appears in Free Verse Revolution: A literary magazine, Vita Brevis, Well Versed 2020, Spillwords, Silver Birch Press, Amethyst Review, PhoebeMD: Medicine and Poetry, and Dark Poets Club. Her poetry podcast is located at meelosmom.podbean.com.


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  1. Love the photo. Very true, it has been a tough year for all I feel, some worse than others. I think that is what keeps me positive during this time, knowing that there are people 100 times worse off than myself. 🙂

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