I must go down to the sea again.
Tue 27 Jan 2009 21:54
After a short but wonderful break in Barbados we are back at sea again heading for Grenada. We left just after lunch today and should cover the 140 miles in less than 24 hours. Hopefully we will sight land early tomorrow morning and be in for lunch, a much more civilised approach than we had for Barbados. Anyway, I thought the poem Sea Fever by John Masefield was rather appropriate for us now we are back at sea, it certainly stirs emotions for me.
I must go down to the sea 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 sails shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face and a grey dawn breaking.
I must go down to the sea's 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 sea again, to the vagrant gipsy 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 tricks over.