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A Boat

aboat Each time I try to take control, steering and holding on too tight, I get lost. To be a boat, sailing and not steering. To find and to be found.

If I Wanted A Boat
by Mary Oliver, Blue Horses

“I would want a boat, if I wanted a
boat, that bounded hard on the waves,
that didn’t know starboard from port
and wouldn’t learn, that welcomed
dolphins and headed straight for the
whales, that, when rocks were close,
would slide in for a touch or two,
that wouldn’t keep land in sight and
went fast, that leaped into the spray.
What kind of life is it always to plan
and do, to promise and finish, to wish
for the near and the safe?  Yes, by the
heavens, if I wanted a boat I would want
a boat that I couldn’t steer.”

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Wonderful

    November 21, 2014
    • Mary Oliver is awesome.

      November 21, 2014
      • I will have to find her work. I could imagine myself in that boat, and the joy of not steering.

        November 21, 2014
      • Me too

        November 21, 2014

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