A Blessing: Yol Bolsun

May there be a road
May your path always be clear
May your journey never fail
May your trail not disappear

May there be a road
May your burdens all be light
May the obstacles you reach
be not too high for you to climb

May there be a way
May there be a road
May your journey always reach
Just where you dare to go

and when your journeys cross
even those whom you don’t know
offer them the hope
May there be a road

© L. Rose

Since tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day for us in the U.S., I decided to post this poem (or blessing) I wrote when thinking about a saying I read, years ago, in Louis L’Amour’s book, The Walking Drum(link to Goodreads). It has been a long time since I read the book, and I don’t have it handy, but it is one of my favorites. In the book he mentions an old (12th Century) saying: “Yol Bolsun,” or “May there be a road,” which I always considered a great valediction (farewell). It reminds me of an Irish blessing, and yet has middle-eastern origins, and involves travel – strangely appropriate for current events. No longer do we worry so much about rock-slides obstructing our paths; man-made obstacles are so much more difficult to climb over.

To you all, Yol Bolsun ~ May there be a road. Thank you for reading. – Linda

2 thoughts on “A Blessing: Yol Bolsun

  1. lyncrain March 16, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    Reblogged this on lyncrain and commented:
    May the road rise to meet you,
    May the wind be always at your back,
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
    Until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

    Liked by 1 person

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