The Blessing of the Fleet

Plein air artwork of Trinidad Harbor on the Humboldt Coast of Northern California

The Blessing of the Fleet

Who of us isn’t a ship about to leave harbor? 
When the anchor is pulled 
We’ll sail into a new tomorrow 
As dark and unknowable 
As the deep 

Who of us isn’t a ship on the ocean? 
Lines cast and waiting 
To bring in a harvest 
To feed the world 
Maybe today 

Who of us isn’t a ship out to sea? 
Driving against the storm 
Or being driven further from shore 

Who of us isn’t out there? 
No land in sight 
Bound to consequences 
Of our own decisions 
While provisions run low 

The sailors in the street 
And every pirate that you meet 
Every one and all alike 
Need the blessing of the fleet 

-Matt Beard

Artwork Information:

Artwork Title: "The Blessing of the Fleet"
Original Size: 32" x 16"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2019

Additional Artwork Information:

Method: Studio Landscapes
Region: The California Coast > Northern California > Humboldt

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