Timothy Shriver's "Casting Off" was inspired by Emily Dickinson's short poems, including "Exultation is the Going," which got him through a difficult time in his life.

Casting Off

Sailing is the   heart's own   wonder
Billowing in flow and sea
Life unfurled in   wave and   silence
Reach to run eternally

Mystery bound in   lines hauled   closely
Draws the cutting bow deep knee'd
Loosed   am I to worship   oceans
When the mystery is free'd
—Timothy Shriver


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