Poem of the Week: Apache Blessing

We’re … not comfortable confronting others who believe in the reliability of these sayings, so we don’t want to prove them wrong. Easier to agree that the saying is hugely inspirational and brightened our day, rather than tell a friend his or her favourite quote comes from a greeting card, not Gandhi, or Buddha, or an Apache warrior. Ian Chadwick, SCRIPT TURIENT

Things are not always what they seem

This blessing is often uses at weddings and remembrance gatherings. But did it originate from the Native American tribe?

Unfortunately “No”, but it featured in a book which was made into the 1950 Hollywood movie Broken Arrow. Rebecca Mead, author of the book One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding revealed all in a New Yorker article in May 2007.

However, Broken Arrow was about the Apache people, so there is a connection.

Regardless on its origins, it’s a nice piece and remains a favourite.

Apache Blessing

May the sun bring you new energy by day,

may the moon softly restore you by night,

may the rain wash away your worries,

may the breeze blow new strength into your being,

may you walk gently through the world,

and know its beauty all the days of your life.