As the majority of my regular readers know I like poems and one of my favourites is by John Masefield, so decided to add it to this post, since it was about the sea!
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
This one was taken from the promanade at Portobello (just along from Musselburgh) when I took the boys to the leisure centre there this afternoon. Ronan spent an hour working out in the gym and Robert had a swim, and I sat in the gallery and knitted!