A Blessing for After (Poem by Jan Richardson)

A Blessing for After (Poem by Jan Richardson)

A Blessing for After poem by Jan Richardson

A Blessing For After

This blessing
is for the moment
after clarity has come,
after inspiration,
after you have agreed
to what seems

This blessing
is what follows
after illumination departs
and you realize
there is no map
for the path
you have chosen,
no one to serve
as guide,
nothing to do
but gather up
your gumption
and set out.

This blessing
will go with you.
It carries no answers,
no charts,
no plans.

It carries no source
of light
within itself.

But in its pocket
is tucked a mirror
that, from time to time,
it will hold up to you

to remind you
of the radiance
that came
when you gave
your awful and wondrous

by Jan Richardson

I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. John gregory 3 years ago

    Need this poem. President of our CONFO BOARD now. Stopped complaining, start serving.

  2. Sue Krevitt 3 years ago

    Yes….We must say Yes to Life.

  3. Alison Woolley 3 years ago

    Hi. I can’t find a credit for the art work alongside this poem and was wondering who it was by. I’d be grateful if you could let me know. Thanks.

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