Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I Must Go Down to the Sea Again

"I Must Go Down to the Sea again"

I must go 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 go 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 go 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.

- John Masefield"
This is one of my most favorite poems..It says it all for me of the longing for the sea!!!
Oh I so want to go back to the sea today...I don't mean the quiet bays and waterways of I mean the wild and windy west of Vancouver Island or Oregon..I miss the smell of low tide..feel of the wind on your face, walking on soft sand...sighing


Lorrie said...

Oh my - this takes me back to grade 5 when we had to memorize this poem. I've always loved it, and quote it to my husband at times (well, the first few lines that I remember). There really is nothing like a wild windy day at the ocean. I'll sniff some sea air for you.


Willow said...

Lovely poem. I too love the sea and wished I lived close to one.


T's Daily Treasures said...

Lovely! Spending time near the sea is a wonderful place to be. Wishing you a fabulous weekend. Blessings, Tammy

Martha's Favorites said...

What a beautiful poem. I love to watch a sunset on the ocean. Wishing you a visit to your favorite ocean soon. Thanks for remembering me in your prayers. Blessings, Martha

Natasha Burns said...

What a great poem! I love that smell too, I just got back from the sea and I miss it! I hope you get there soon :)

Debby said...

Ooooh, do I love the sea! I used to live on the sea side and I do miss walking on the beach and beach combing.

What a beautiful poem!

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