Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SAILING, by CLARENCE MAJOR

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SAILING, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Helping her with her knots
Last Line: Together against the breakers
Subject(s): Sailing & Sailors; Seamen; Sails

Helping her with her knots,
I spread my sails in her storm,
put up the clamp,
put up my mast,
the clamp on it.
I put down her lines,
keeping my trust
in them -- in the storm before dark.
We anchor and watch
our different ropes move
back toward our last turn
in the water. We time them
together against the breakers.

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98368-0271, www.cc.press.org

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