Sunday, 19 July 2009
BLESSING OF THE APACHES
A good friend and fellow Makar Press Poet, Rowena M Love recently got married on a sun-drenched Isle of Skye (I know. Sun on Skye!). As part of her marriage ceremony with Mark they had the celebrant read out this Blessing of the Apaches. Which I thought I should share with you.
Many congratulations, Rowena and Mark and may the sunshine never stop.
Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be
shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you
will be warmth to the other. Now there will be no loneliness,
for each of you will be companion to the other. Now you
are two persons, but there is only one life before you.
May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead
and through all the years, May happiness be your
companion and your days together be good and long upon the earth.
Treat yourselves and each other with respect,
and remind yourselves often of what brought you together.
Give the highest priority to the tenderness,
gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves.
When frustration,difficulties and fear assail
your relationship—as they threaten all relationships
at one time or another—remember to focus on what is right
between you, not only the part which seems wrong.
In this way, you can ride out the storms when clouds
hide the face of the sun in your lives -
remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment,
the sun is still there. And if each
of you takes responsibility
for the quality of your life together,
it will be marked by abundance and delight.
Good, innit? You can never have enough romance in your life and regardless of whether you are just starting out with your partner or you’ve been together for yonks there is much worth considering in this piece of timeless wisdom.
Now, go and get jiggy.
(FYI – the photo is of Superstition Mountains, Apache Junction. Ignore the “supersitition” bit here. I wanted a photo that went with the post and this was the best I could come up with. Apparently the Indians who lived in this area thought the mountains sacred, hence Superstition Mountain. So we could stay with the word “Sacred” as being pertinent to this post, no?
Oh - and ignore the giant cactus giving the V-sign in the forefront. Alternatively you could go with the victory inherent in this. Eeesh, I foken think to much.
The mountain - he says changing the subject - was known to the Pimas as "Ka-Katack-Tami" meaning "Crooked-top Mountain. So there you go. Do I not push the envelope in terms of keeping you guys informed?)