Crossing the Bar

© 2015 by Maria and Christopher Clymer Kurtz (“Crossing the Bar” by Alfred Lord Tennyson)

Write on the wall something beautiful.
Write something big when you feel small.
Write on the wall something beautiful.
To help you stand ... strong.

“Sunset and evening star,
      And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
      When I put out to sea,

   But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
      Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
      Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
      And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
     When I embark;

  For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
      The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
      When I have crost the bar.”

Write on the wall; you are beautiful.
You are weak; you are beautiful.
You are strong; you are beautiful.
Write on the wall, “I am beautiful.”