Blessing for a Child born in Autumn

Born into the color of chrysanthemums –
umber and amber,
purple and gold and bronze,

may you have color in life.

Born into the leaf-falling
and the life-clarifying time,
of the scarlet-chasing of maples,
and the dark true silhouettes
of oak and elm,
bare as bones,

may you always be able to shed the
scattered things,
and find roots deep,
to outline in the glow of sunset
the naked beauty of your soul.

Born into the abundance of pumpkin
and Indian corn, of squash,
and apples, red as joy,
born into a ripeness,
when the earth is warmer
than the wind, born into
the grey and weathered ingathering
of working fields and barns,
and the shabby rich fruition
of roadside farmstands,

may you have harvest, and touch
the bounty you have planted.

Born into the season of all souls,
ghosts and saints, season
of bonfires to hallow the hunting dark
and lanterns to shine
the wandering spirits in,

may you have wandering in you,
and a holiness no cloister
can define;
may a great creative fire
be kindled on the horizon of you;
and, yet, may there always be windows
where love lights a candle
to welcome you home.

(for all you Northern hemisphere-folks with birthdays in these days and for babies born, for all of you in the Southern hemisphere to hold tight as you celebrate spring and summer)

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6 Responses to Blessing for a Child born in Autumn

  1. Jessica McArdle says:

    What a beautiful blessing! Thank you, Maren!

  2. Maren says:

    You are welcome! So many precious to me – mother, child, husband, many more.

  3. dee says:

    Lovely, Maren!

  4. I wanted to paint those intense and colourful images you evoked!

    • Maren says:

      Oh, my, that is a wonderful thought, and you have a half-year till autumn comes to you and you you tell what are the colors of Australia in this season.

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