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Frank O'Hara - To The Harbormaster

I wanted to be sure to reach you;
though my ship was on the way it got caught
in some moorings. I am always tying up
and then deciding to depart. In storms and
at sunset, with the metallic coils of the tide
around my fathomless arms, I am unable
to understand the forms of my vanity
or I am hard alee with my Polish rudder
in my hand and the sun sinking. To
you I offer my hull and the tattered cordage
of my will. The terrible channels where
the wind drives me against the brown lips
of the reeds are not all behind me. Yet
I trust the sanity of my vessel; and
if it sinks it may well be in answer
to the reasoning of the eternal voices,
the waves which have kept me from reaching you.

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Poet: Frank O'Hara
Poem: To The Harbormaster
Poem of the Day: Oct 8 2009

Comment 2 of 2, added on March 7th, 2009 at 10:27 PM.

Thank you for such a beautiful poem.

Michael Milroy from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on October 15th, 2008 at 4:54 PM.

Thank you. Thank you for sharing your perception and sharing those things I could not see. I was reading Zachary Smith's poetry and he referenced you and "To the Harbormaster" as an inspiration. Thank you for creating beauty in the world.

Scott Stevens from United States

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