Poetry in Motion

Washington D.C.

blessing the boats

Lucille Clifton
A vertical poster features a large white moon shining over a blue ocean with sailboats. The poster contains the poem blessing the boats, by Lucille Clifton.

Blessing the Boats

Lucille Clifton

(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

​Presented with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Art in Transit Program.