The fateful link

Amagiri destroyed the boat,
But failed to touch
The pride of the boatman.
No, not as a destroyer does the world know Amagiri,
But through its fateful link with a unique soul.
The Solomon isles suffered with the boatman;
Also with him triumphed.

The swimmer in Kennedy saved his master,
the individual:
An individual whose bosom ached to save the world
From the fetters of ignorance,
From the hunger of poverty,
From the dance of utter ruin;
An individual who visioned the Hour of God,
Tomorrow's Dawn in the very breast of
Today's roaring Gloom.
Sri Chinmoy, Kennedy: The Universal Heart, Aum Press, Puerto Rico, 1973