"I am large. I contain multitudes." - Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Monday, January 04, 2010

Blueberry Girl

A happy benediction for girls of all ages. Even for a girl turning 40. :) May we all live in "braveness and truth," free from "unkindness and fear."

Blueberry Girl
by Neil Gaiman

Ladies of Light and Ladies of Darkness
And Ladies of Never-You-Mind
This is a prayer for a Blueberry Girl
First may you ladies be kind

Keep her from spindles and sleep at sixteen
Let her stay waking and wise
Nightmares at three or bad husbands at thirty
These will not trouble her eyes

Dull days at forty, false friends at fifteen
Let her have brave days and truth
Let her go places that we've never been
Trust and delight in her youth

Ladies of Grace, and Ladies of Favour
And Ladies of Merciful Night
This is a prayer for a Blueberry Girl
Grant her your Clearness of Sight

Words can be worrisome, people complex
Motives and manners unclear
Grant her the wisdom to choose her path right
Free from unkindness and fear

Let her tell stories, and dance in the rain
Somersault, tumble and run
Her joys must be high as her sorrows are deep
Let her grow like a weed in the sun

Laides of Paradox, Ladies of Measure
Ladies of Shadows That Fall
This is a prayer for a Blueberry Girl
Words written clear on a wall

Help her to help herself, help her to stand
Help her to lose and to find
Teach her we're only as big as our dreams
Show her that fortune is blind

Truth is a thing she must find for herself
Precious and rare as a pearl
Give her all these and a little bit more
Gifts for a Blueberry Girl


(Photo credit: shonniegrl171)

2 comments:

Babs said...

yeah! "truth is a thing she must find for herself". lovely words, mayang. :)

hay, can't stop eating too! crap. :(

Mayang said...

aren't these words just sublime?

about eating, sigg! don't go there! :)

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