A month of poems: Day eight

April 1 is the start of National Poetry Month.  Since 1996, this literary celebration honors the significance of poetry in world culture, according to poets.org.  Each school day this month, the King Street Chronicle will publish one poem to recognize this month-long commemoration of poetry.

“Blessing of the Tuna Fleet at Groix” Courtesy of Paul Signac

blessing the boats                                                                                                                                 

by 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


Contributed by Miss Michaela Gorman ’05, Upper School Theatre Teacher and Director of Upper School Theatrical Productions

Featured Image by Lé-Anne Johnson ’21