Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A little Poetry

I've been thinking, in my attempts to make myself blog more, of instituting a weekly poetry update. Ideally, this would include something that I will have written. If you can't thrust your poetry on your friends, then what good are friends? I thought of posting a rather racy poem from Donald Hall from The New Yorker (modern pastoral sex poetry) but I decided to give you the link instead. So, I was perusing the Academy of American Poets website and found a lovely, uplifting gem from Lucille Clifton. It's hard to write an inspirational poem without sounding really sappy and Hallmarky (my friend, Michelle, claims that when I try to make a toast, for instance, I sound like a beer commercial) but this one manages to do it, I think. I hope it makes your day feel a little brighter:

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

1 comment:

K. A. Laity said...

Wonderful idea, Wendy! I'm so glad to see you writing creatively again. You're such a good writer that it has been sad not to see more work from you. I love the hopeful tone of the poem and the fondness of it, too.

Hall's poem is a treat! So funny. You don't sound like a beer commercial when you toast -- you sound like a Jack Daniels commercial.

Keep up the poetic work!