Harbor or no harbor, the safety of a ship

Depends much on the mutual attention of its captain

And crew to necessary details and tender loving care.

Cracks and leaks in the hull need

Patching . . . just as broken hearts do.

Ripped sails and rigging need

Mending . . . just a torn egos do.

All carvings, woodwork and identifying marks need

Polishing and buffing to make them

Shine . . . just as the facets of our personalities do.

Any ship or  . . . relationship subjected to

Neglect or simply taken for granted is doomed to

Disaster; but the beauty of hope can be

Found in the knowledge that wrecked ships can be

Salvaged and so, my friend, can relationships.

copyrighted 1982

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