The Boat

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May the god Poseidon bless this cardboard boat
May he smile on its duct-tape seams
May our work in the shipyard be pleasing to him
May his favor be read in our dreams

Yes, for we’re a-going out to sea

May the god sanctify this sun-filled day
May our laughter and songs ne’er cease
May we lift up our sails, him to glorify
And our enemy to decrease

May we not be consigned to the deep
May we all return, our promises to keep

Last night I saw an eagle with open wings
And a shroud over his head
And he perched at my window and spoke to me
As I shivered in my bed

They say it’s not the destination, but the road
Easy words to write for one who bears no other’s load
I’ve seen a path that runs into the ocean wide
Only to emerge unbothered on the other side

We were shipwrecked at once, the boat was lost
For the seams they did not hold
And with shouts and with oaths we did cast ourselves
Into the water cold

Yes, for we’re a-going to the creek
May we remember, the water’s not so deep
May we stand in the current, our promises to keep


from Ghost Stories, released September 27, 2019


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Peripatetic avant-troubadour songs for the discerning vagabond

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