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

9 comments:

  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.

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  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!

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  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!

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

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  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....

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  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!

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  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.

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  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.

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