Sea Fever

Via the lovely Raven, who posted part of a poem by John Masefield, which I have looked for off and on for years. Just could never hit the right search phrase. I am not one much for poetry, but have always liked this one.

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 gray mist on the sea’s face, and a gray 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.

From the poem “Sea Fever.”

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4 Responses to “Sea Fever”

  1. Raven says:

    ***THUD*** as Ogre likes to say so often!

    I LOVE this poem. I really DO. I love all sea/maritime stuff and this is just…so good…

  2. William Teach says:

    Had the post sitting in my drafts, kept forgetting, what with all the Cynthia Kooky McKinney stuff, to post it.

  3. Raven says:

    LOL Cynthia KOOKY?? That she is.
    She would make anyone forget everything.
    What a toolbot she is.

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