Every child has known God.

Not the God of names,
Not the God of don'ts,

But the God who only knows four words.

...And keeps repeating them,


Come. Dance with me.
Come, dance.
--Hafiz (14th century)

Allons! the road is before us!
It is safe—I have tried it—my own feet have tried it well—be not detain’d!

Camerado, I give you my hand!
I give you my love more precious than money,
I give you myself before preaching or law;
Will you give me yourself? will you come travel with me?
Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?
--from Walt Whitman's Song of the Open Road

Joy by Carl Sandburg
Sending with joy.

Let Evening Come by Jane Kenyon
Easing into evening, rest, and trust.

Benediction by James Berry
The benediction that links all together in community.

The Real Work by Wendell Berry
A blessing to go forth into the difficult.

Benediction by Stanley Kunitz
A poem for stillness.

For Equilibrium: A Blessing by John O'Donohue
Written in couplets, this poem draws on the elements to offer a wish for laughter, groundedness, and peace.