Poets Walk: "may the"

Poets Walk: "may the"

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blessing the boats (at St. Mary's) by Lucille Clifton


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


Lucille Clifton, "blessing the boats" from The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton. Copyright © 1991 by Lucille Clifton. Used by permission of BOA Editions, Ltd., www.boaeditions.org.


Recording, courtesy of St. Mary's College of Maryland, features Lucille Clifton reading Blessing the Boats with clarinet accompaniment by John Laughton.