I Say It Touches Us
(adapted from the original)
I say that it touches us that our blood is
sea water and our tears are salt, that the
seed of our bodies is scarcely different
from the same cells in a seaweed,
and that the stuff of our bones is like the coral.
I say that the tide rolls in on us, whether
we like it or not, and the sands of time
keep running their intended course.
I say we have to go down into the wave’s trough
to find ourselves, and then ride her swell
until we can see beyond ourselves into
our neighbor’s eye.
I say that we shall never leave the harbor
if we do not hoist the sail.
I say that we have got to walk the waves
as well as solid ground.
I say that anyone who goes without
consciousness of this will remain
changed to a rusty anchor.
May the journey find us worthy. Amen.