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The Blessing of the Fleet
By Antoinette Bender
Copyright 1991 Antoinette Bender
About the blessing of boats in the harbor.

A morning occasion
on this day of vacation
"The Blessing of the Fleet"
is where al lthe people come to meet.
Boats in the harbor
lined up to be blessed.
After the wonderful treat
everyone goes to eat.
An outdoor barbeque.
Food for me and you.
On this day of vacation
is to enjoy the celebration!