On Turning 80

Blessings for the twilight.
Blessings for the dawn.

Blessings to the elders.
Blessings to the grandchildren.

Blessings to the lovers.
Blessings to the ones who need love.

Blessings to the One who opens the gates and cycles the seasons,
rolling light from the face of darkness
and darkness from the face of light.

Blessings of beginnings.
Blessings of endings.

Blessings to the one who wanders lost in the darkness.
Blessings to the one who lights a candle in the night.

Blessings to the one who knows when it’s time to leave the party.

Blessings to the one who puts another log in the fire,
drinks one more cup of coffee, and parties on.

Blessings to the beautiful fleeting butterflies of Impermanence.

Blessings to all who walk this road with courage and love,
doing we’re here to do: partners with the Eternal.