Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Most Beautiful Poem!

This is my favorite poem. It takes my breath away everytime I read it! I think you will enjoy it too! I hope you are enjoying a wonderful Tuesday!

Pray that your journey will be long,
full of many summer mornings
when with much pleasure and much joy
you anchor in harbors never seen before
Browse through Phoenician markets,
to purchase exquisite treasures-
mother-of-pearl and coral, ebony and amber
and sensual perfumes of all kinds-
as much as you desire.
Visit many Egyptian cities, content
to sit at the feet of sages, eager
and open to receive learning.
Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Your arrival there is your destiny.
But do not hurry the journey at all: be patient.
Better that it lasts for many years-
longer than you can even imagine.
So that finally, when you reach this
sacred isle, you will be a wise woman,
abundantly fulfilled by all you have gained along the way:
no longer expecting Ithaka to make you wealthy,
no longer needing Ithaka to make you rich.
Ithaka offered you the profound journey,
the chance to discover the woman you have always been
Without Ithaka as your inspiration, you
never would have set out in search of Wholeness.

And should you find her poor, Ithaka did not deceive you.
Authentic as you have become, full of wisdom,
beauty and grace, enriched and enlightened
by all you have experienced
you will finally understand what all life's Ithaka truly means.
-Sarah Ban Breathnach
(Adaptation of CP Cavafy’s classic for women)


  1. That was just lovely, I've never read or heard of it. Thank you!

  2. Beautiful poem and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Such a wise outlook on one's life journey :).

  3. Thanks Ladies - I agree! I love it!

  4. Wow. It really is absolutely beautiful. One of those pieces that seems to be written as advice for young people, but only people "of a certain age" will really understand what it means.
    Thank you so much for sharing it.