Nora Villarreal

Instructor of English
Writing Center Director

Featured Writing

"The Long Boat" by Stanley Kunitz

 

When his boat snapped loose

from its mooring, under

the screaking of the gulls,

he tried at first to wave

to his dear ones on shore,

but in the rolling fog

they had already lost their faces.

Too tired even to choose

between jumping and calling,

somehow he felt absolved and free

of his burdens, those mottoes

stamped on his name-tag:

conscience, ambition, and all

that caring.

He was content to lie down

with the family ghosts

in the slop of his cradle,

buffeted by the storm,

endlessly drifting.

Peace! Peace!

To be rocked by the Infinite!

As if it didn't matter

which way was home;

as if he didn't know

he loved the earth so much

he wanted to stay forever.

Stanley Kunitz

Although he may be less well-known than some of his counterparts, Stanley Kunitz has been called "a true ambassador for his art."  Find out more about him at the Poetry Foundation.