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Blessing the Boats - From the book of light (1993), "far memory 6" Summary & Analysis

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From the book of light (1993), "far memory 6" Summary

The subtitle of this poem is "karma." It alludes to some of the feelings in poem 4, where the nun feels as though she will never be good enough. The karma to which she refers is in stanza one the weight of the habit, which carries with it all the history of nuns for hundreds of years. The second stanza refers to broken vows and beating of breasts. When the nun prays, each bead beats her up for her sins. The third stanza gives a list of words that produce pain and sorrow, just the sounds of the words. The fourth stanza says that there is no relief for all these things, in this life, no "retreat," a double entendre, and no "sanctuary," also a double entendre. Finally...

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