“Blessing of Galaxies”


Blessing of galaxies, blessing of stars
Great stars, small stars, red stars, blue ones.
Blessing of nebula, blessing of supernova,
Planets, satellites, asteroids, comets.

Blessing of sun and moon, blessing of earth,
Oceans, rivers, continents, mountain ranges
Blessing of wind and cloud, blessing of rain
Fog bank, snowdrift, lightning and thunder.

Blessing of green plants, blessing of forests:
Cedar, douglas fir, swordfern, salal bush
Blessing of fish and birds, blessing of mammals:
Salmon, eagle, cougar and mountain goat.

May all humankind likewise offer blessing:
Old woman, young woman, wise men and foolish
Blessing of youthfulness, blessing of children
Big boys, little boys, big girls and little ones.

Bless the wisdom of the holy one above us;
Bless the truth of the holy one beneath us;
Bless the love of the holy one within us.

“Chinook Psalter” in EARTH PRAYERS: 365 Prayers, Poems and Invocations from Around the World, ed. E. Roberts and E. Amidon (New York: HarperOne, 1991), pp. 198-99.

My book of original inspirational verses, From the Water’s Edge, is  available from https://www.createspace.com/6040109, http://www.amazon.com/dp/1530558018 and Kindle eBooks at Amazon.

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