Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Sea Fever

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

18 comments:

Jack said...

You have a discerning eye for details!

Kay L. Davies said...

Wonderful, Julie. Those fabulous wooden boats!
And I've always loved the Masefield poem. It makes me feel good. I miss the ocean but I'm grateful for the many years I lived near it.

Kay, Alberta

altadenahiker said...

Do I see two creatures passed down from my ancestors?

Normally I'm not a hardware fanatic, but that changes when I'm on a ship. Really nice collection, Julie.

brattcat said...

I think you are definitely causing an epidemic of sea fever with these most recent posts.

kostas said...

Sea is a passion!I love your images.

Julie said...

Yes, Hiker. I suspect even way down here we pay homage to the Nordic sea serpents to keep them on-side!

Ann said...

That's one of my favourite poems.

lewi14 said...

What wonderful and beautiful details! Great shots. They really quicken the desire for a cruise.

J Bar said...

Beautiful.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I love all that smooth timber and shiny metal ... a real labour of love.

Peter said...

Stunning and sooo rich ... like a good chocolate cake.

Jilly said...

These last two posts on boats are fascinating. Inspiring in fact and making me realise I need to look closer when photographing boats. Beautiful shots. And how I love that Masefield poem. I used to know that by heart as a child. Makes me cry to read it now.

Julie said...

Jilly I do love to represent the whole just by showing details. The poem, I find, is such an emotional connect between man and water. I am glad you like the combination.

Ida said...

great pictures!

rallentanda said...

We all learnt this poem by heart
at primary school. I still like it.
We are lucky to live by the sea.
Good photos.

Francisca said...

Hi again. Wonderful poem... although the call I hear to go to the seas again sounds a little different, more southern, more tropical. Warm. A wonderful set of marine details.

Julie said...

Yes, this is a very north Atlantic call.

Julie said...

Yes, this is a very north Atlantic call.