Thursday, 23 February 2012

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 of 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 1878 – 1967 England

© 2012 Francesca Muir


  1. This was so wonderful. This is the time of year when our thoughts turn to the sea as we usually begin planning our trip to the beach right about now. I especially liked that last photo...wanted to dive right in!

  2. Fantastic Francesca...I love how you combined the beautiful words of John Masefield with your photos...where better than Australia? :) xx

  3. Thank you Catherine and Jeanne - it was a perfect day and John Masefield's poem came to mind as we sailed the waters of Port Phillip Bay. Glorious. Fxx


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