blessing the boats

Poem By Lucille Clifton

(at St. Mary's)

may the tide
that is entering even now
the lip of our understanding
carry you out
beyond the face of fear
may you kiss
the wind then turn from it
certain that it will
love your back may you
open your eyes to water
water waving forever
and may you in your innocence
sail through this to that

Comments about blessing the boats

it is a women who has suffered greatly yet has faith and holds still to that and with it comes great wisdom to turn from it and move forward all the while maintaining her innocence


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