A prayer for the Portunalia
Hail, Portunus, protector of ports,
guardian of portals, god of the harbors.
Hail to you Portunus, Palaimon, divinized
by the waves, akin to Antinous, boy on a dolphin.
Hear, Portunus, a prayer for your blessings
on this harbor town, and all harbors everywhere.
Let the ships safely come and go with cargoes
and with passengers. Let no storm deter the cruises
or topple the water taxis which the tourists ride.
Protect our waterfront; may it be beautiful and safe.
Let no child fall into the waters; let no suicide
leap into the depths in despair. Let the blessing
of commerce come and go through our Inner Harbor
as easily as the gulls, the mallards, the coots
come and go in their seasons. Let our historic ships
ride lightly on the water and let their stories be truly told.
Defend us, O Portunus, from storm and flood,
and I will honor your name and remember you
when I stand at the harbor’s edge.