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
2011

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