A Blessing-Beyond the Face of Fear-Poem and Music

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

Please click to enjoy the beautiful voice of Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole on “Kaleohano” from his album E Ala E.  “Kaleohano” is a Hawaiian song about home, the sea, and going home.

May this poem and this song be a warm wind to your back this day, on your journey home.

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About Steven Goodheart

"I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them." Spinoza

One Response to “A Blessing-Beyond the Face of Fear-Poem and Music”

  1. Beautiful collection of sites and sounds. Thanks.

    michael j

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