God bless you!

God Bless you!

Deborah Beach Giordano
© October 30, 2009

Vaya con Dios,
Adios,
Adieu,
Shalom,
Namaste.

In other languages
we bless each other
at our parting.

See ya’,
Later!
Bye-bye.

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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