May You Always Have Walls for the Winds

May You Have Walls for the Winds

May You Always Have Walls for the Winds

~ An Irish Blessing ~

May you always have

walls for the winds,

A roof for the rain,

tea beside the fire,

laughter to cheer you,

those you love near you,

and all your heart might desire.


The Irish always seem to come up with the most charming sayings, blessings, and prayers. Their words convey comfort, happiness, love, and wishing you well.

To them it is the simple things that make life worth living. Whatever you make of your life is your choice, good luck to you! … or in Irish Gaelic … ‘adh mor ort.’

When I read the above blessing, I just have to nod my head. Those things really are all anyone really needs. We may desire more, excitement, adventure, travel, riches, but those things are really all ‘wants.’

Besides, the last line could, in fact, cover all those extra things you want – “and all your heart desires.”

I admit I am a home body. My home is the place I enjoy being more than anywhere else, where I am most comfortable. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy travelling to places I haven’t been, or time away at a hotel or resort where everything is done for you, food provided without the need to prepare and clean up, no house or yard work etc. But wherever I go, or whatever I do – I am always happy to return home.


I’m Always Coming Home

Wherever I may travel

On a road that’s near or far,

Whatever mode of transport

Be it plane, or train, or car.


Whoever travels by my side

Through this land or overseas,

My heart remains within these walls

Of my home among the trees.


Though I’ve been to Scottish castles

And the Parthenon in Greece,

For the humble place where I grew up

My yearning doesn’t cease.


Adventure sometimes calls me

To exotic foreign shores,

Bangkok or New York City,

Dubai or Singapore.


But journeys always have to end

And travellers cease to roam,

So, despite the wonders of the world

I’m always coming home.


© John Hansen 


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Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction, and thoroughly enjoying this, especially flash fiction. I have been fortunate to have two poems made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren. My services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials. It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years are now wonderful material for my stories and poems. I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

5 thoughts on “May You Always Have Walls for the Winds

  • March 11, 2023 at 7:56 AM

    Beautiful work John. Home always holds a real special place inside my soul. Not everyone has a happy home and I feel for them, good work.

    • March 11, 2023 at 7:27 PM

      Thanks for reading Paul. Good to see that home is a special place for you as well. It is always where I am most comfortable.

  • March 11, 2023 at 1:49 PM

    Two things here always warm my heart: Irish blessings and the comfort of home. I really enjoyed reading this fine work you so beautifully penned, John.

  • March 11, 2023 at 7:31 PM

    Hello Phyllis. Irish blessings always seem so comforting. Home is always the place I always look forward to return to. Thank you for your kind comment.

  • March 13, 2023 at 8:12 AM

    I am also a homebody. Somewhere along the way I lost my patience with travel. Don’t get me wrong if I ever had a chance to visit your neck of the woods I would jump at the chance but till then I am going to cozy into my reading/writing chair with my cats. Jamie

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