"Blessing the Boats"

"Explore Lucille Clifton's 'blessing the boats'—a poetic journey of life. Find insight in resilience and renewal."

"Blessing the Boats"
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We'll read "blessing the boats" by the New York poet Lucille Clifton (1936 to 2010). In the poem, she gives us a benediction to our personal voyage beyond fear's edge. As you read it, feel courage to face the unknown and to sail from 'this' to 'that' with eyes wide open.
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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The water embodies life's vast, uncharted possibilities. The poem, grounded in elemental imagery — tides, wind, water — calls for a surrender to life's flow. Clifton nudges us to navigate life, not with a map, but with faith in the winds and tides of existence.

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Lucille Clifton Collection