Monday, 29 March 2010

Elspeth Thompson 1961 -2010

With great sorrow this weekend we heard of the death of Elspeth Thompson ,a lovely lady who we had only been blogging about a week or so ago.
Our hearts go out to her family,friends and colleagues, especially her husband Frank and her young daughter Mary.

On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.
And when your eyes
behindthe grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green,
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.
John O’Donohue


  1. I hadn't heard this news, how very sad.

  2. Sad news indeed! Flighty xx

  3. Thank you for your comment at mine Carol.

    My heart goes out to her husband and young daughter. She must have been in such despair - it is so very, very sad.

    Beautiful poem.


  4. I've been reading a bit about Elspeth, that is a lovely poem for her.


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