Eating Poetry (XX) – blessing the boats

by A. Jay Adler on July 31, 2010
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For Chris Al-Aswad

1979-2010

Artist, Writer, Social Media Maven, Generous Spirit, Creator and Editor of Escape Into Life

——

blessing the boats

by Lucille Clifton
(1936-2010)

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

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Maureen July 31, 2010 at 5:28 am

This is one of my favorite Clifton poems, Jay. You’ve chosen so very well in honoring Chris’ memory.

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