blessing the boats

(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

Lucille Clifton, “blessing the boats (at st. marys)” (via words-in-lines)

-Lucille was a beloved professor at St. Mary’s- this poem of hers is printed on the wall leading up to our dining hall. We also have poems by her surrounding our St. John’s pond. 

(via smcmadmissions)