To celebrate National Poetry Month, we’ve created Poet Tree postcards to share the goodness of poetry with others –who doesn’t love to get some real mail in the real mailbox? All the better if it includes a poem!
This week’s poem comes from Lucille Clifton (1936-2010), a poet who doesn’t need capitalization or punctuation to make big statements, often about seemingly quotidian events.
In this poem, “blessing the boats,” Clifton’s spare, concise language invites readers to move, with the boats, “beyond the face of fear,” to be “certain” even, that the wind “will/ love your back.” Through her appeals to understanding, touch, and sight, she creates movement. The reader may rock gently like the boats, as she comes to the end of the blessing, “may you in your innocence/ sail through this to that.”
blessing the boats
(at St. Mary’s)