Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Sailor

Foolish to say
to myself
I am not afraid
of storms.

The seaman who has shouted down
the towering ocean all
his years knows still

He will never govern her.

He lives
only by a little hard-won skill

and a great deal
of Providence.

The sailor who lives to tell the others
Fears the storm
and God also--

Each time he faces both
 with a clearer heart

and a stronger, steady hand.

(c) Kathryn W. Ritter

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