Bless? For d’Verse

If I say bless you, who am I to possess blessings to bestow?

Am I asking God to bless you?  A bit presumptious!

If I  shout Bless You when you sneeze, that’s knee jerky.

I know, I know I’m being difficult.  But a black widow spider?

Bless his little heart? Don’t know if spiders have hearts,

or if he’s a she.  Does Bless you suggest forgiveness? Even

more than that, I think.  Love? Surely if I bless a tic

I’m not really loving it. Accepting it as a sibling life form,

maybe.  Empathy. I can buy that, for we’re all riding

this rocky boat together.


About Nan Mykel

At 79, I was just about to stop keeping a journal, but that felt like accepting that growth was finished. I don't want to be finished, yet! I'm 80 now, and struggling to communicate with you, if you'll come and set awhile. P.S. My how time flies! I'm 82 now.
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18 Responses to Bless? For d’Verse

  1. frankhubeny says:

    I guess a blessing is empathy and well wishes, even for the tick, although I wear a hat to make sure they don’t get in my hair.


  2. I think it should be empathy. True blessings cannot be a tic though.


  3. It’s right to question – I also wondered whether I’m qualified to bestow blessings. I blasted a spider the other night and then said sorry to it.

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  4. Clever take on the prompt and interesting questions to ask. For me the blessing can come from anywhere or anyone or thing.

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  5. Singledust says:

    i never gave it much thought, but to me bless you was like a way to ward off bad luck or evil spirits, but yes do I have such a right? thought provoking words.

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  6. The idea of blessing someone is pretty pagan. It’s a protection (very hypothetical) against the slings and arrows. At best some deity will divert that fireball, at the least it shows willing. I think of it as an admission that life can be full of unpleasantness, and I’m just saying I hope you escape as much of it as possible 🙂


  7. I’ve never heard anyone bless a spider’s little heart, but then I’m from the north. My mother used to say that saying “bless you” when a person sneezed is a holdover from the time before modern medicine, when a cold or flu could be life threatening. My husband wants me to bless him at every sneeze, whereas I request he never bless me, lest he interrupt my reading. 😉


  8. Bodhirose says:

    I grew up in a family that never said “bless you” at every sneeze and to me it feels more like superstition. I get where you’re coming from. I like the idea of empathy.

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    • Nan Mykel says:

      Thanks for sharing that. Sometimes I can’t control my mouth, though and before I know it the superstition has escaped. I am definitey not one of those people who shout from the other end of the library, though, without even knowing who sneezed!


  9. lynn__ says:

    Thought provoking post, Nan. If we recognize God as gracious, then we believe all good gifts come from him and we can pray good for others…not words to say flippantly!

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  10. rothpoetry says:

    Interesting thoughts! Bless you for your in depth look at Blessing! Love it!


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