William Michaelian

Poems, Notes, and Drawings

I Set Sail Not Because

And now, what if, perhaps, courage is best expressed by turning off our computers?

December 9, 2021


I Set Sail Not Because

I set sail not because it is a kind sea,
or an angry sea, or a beguiling sea,
or a wise sea, or a blind sea,
or a lonely sea.

For the sea is none of those things;
and the sea is all of those things.

Know, rather, that I set sail
because it is the sea,

and because I have sailed
all the days of my life,

and the sea has borne me so well.

Recently Banned Literature, September 21, 2013
(four days before the passing of my mother)


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