Poem of the Week: Sea-Fever by John Masefield

06 July 2012

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I discovered this wonderful poem on Abigail's blog several days ago, and fell in love immediately. "I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by . . ." Pure beauty in those words, is there not? I can almost taste the saltwater on my tongue, and the ache to live by the ocean has reasserted itself in my heart. Oh, to stand on the perilous, rocky coast, with the waves constantly crashing on the sand below . . . !

Sea-Fever
By John Macefield

I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.

1 epistles:

  1. A poem after my own heart. I love the sea! <3

    eve @ essence of eve

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