The sound of our boat
is a wake up call for the sun.
We call on her to warm our bellies
and like fire over the city
We take over.
Our rate rises with the sun
as we start our last piece on
This breaking light
Shining like gold
Our oars like sticks
the water a drum
and in two
we wake up the sun.
Sun Rise On The Charles
Sun rises are special. They are more than beautiful. Sun sets
are beautiful but it's not special to be awake for the sun set.
People ask me why I row. THey expect me to say something like
"the unity of the boat is awsome" or something else equally as corny.
They don't understand waking up so early to row in the cold and the
rain. They just don't understand.
But I've seen the sun rise up from the water and take over the
city. When I see that I realize the sun rising isn't just the force of
gravity on the planets. The sun rise is an emotion that I can feel
from the heels of my feet to the swing in my back and I know the eight
other women in my boat can feel that emotion with me.
And yes, I do row for the feeling of unity and the bond between
the athleats and all the other cleche reasons people assume I row.
I could feel unity in any sports team. I can't take over the city by
pushing a ball around with a stick.
So the next time some one asks you why you row think of the sun
taking over the city and how you can feel that beauty in the way your
body moves and the 8 women surrounding and moving you. THink about that
feeling and ask that person,