God bless you!

God Bless you!

Deborah Beach Giordano
© October 30, 2009

Vaya con Dios,

In other languages
we bless each other
at our parting.

See ya’,

But in English
you must sneeze
in order to be blessed.

And maybe not even then.
Especially now –
with The Terror afoot …

The great and terrible Flu,
the bug behind the curtain,
from whom all shrink in horror.

God save the victim
of an innocent, well-covered sneeze;
scorned and shunned –

treated as a villain,
an agent of the Grim Reaper,
a bringer of the Plague

intentionally carrying
disease and destruction –
like a modern Typhoid Mary.

The red-eyed allergy sufferer
receives no blessing,
nor a sympathetic smile;

there is no wish for hope or healing,
but a fearful scuttling away
like cockroaches in the light.

What if our words
truly had power:
if they could bless or curse or heal;

what if they could create new realities,
change the course of history,
move mountains and spin the stars?

If just a few sincerely spoken words
can soothe, comfort, and reassure –
then … God bless you!

* * * * * * *

Note: if you want to issue a subtle blessing, simply say “Good-bye” with heartfelt intention:
good-bye: noun. A concluding remark or gesture at parting. Etymology: alteration of God be with you. circa 1580.  (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. © 2009)


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I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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