Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Thought for the Day - The Sea

Sea Fever

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

– John Masefield

I call this shot "Coming In for a Landing." It was taken about a year ago on Easton's Beach. This should hold you all while I go putting together tomorrow's Theme Thursday post.

Photograph © 2008 by A. Roy Hilbinger


  1. ...I like the ruggedness of the photo...don't know what it is, but it's there. Plus, you've been busy with the right sidebar. I need to learn how to add those cool widget things.

  2. Well Roy this is a great examply of how something that is different from our everyday is spectacular! Being snowed in Landlubbers this shot really excites me! Wonderful!

  3. I once sat on an Aran Islands sea wall with a Guinness and a copy of Riders to the Sea. Definitely one of my better reading experiences!

  4. Cool shot, Roy. And a nice Masefield work.

  5. ah....this post just makes me long to visit the coast of new england! we have plenty of sea gulls around the great lakes, but it's just not the same....

  6. Well its Thursday here in Britain- and I thought this was your theme thursday post- it would do well as such- as that gull may have just caught a fish!
    I like the poem- another poet to look up, this theme thing is an education!

  7. I'm envious. I didn't get to the shore at all this past year. Your photos make me miss the sand and the crazy sea birds.

  8. Thank you for posting that poem--I forgot all about it but used to love it-- as a kid I copied it into a notebook--I forgot who wrote it too.

    Well, I walk down to the river everyday... I grew up near the ocean.