Monday, April 6, 2020

Solace in Difficult Times- "Sea Fever"

There are other outlets for the passion for the outdoors, breathing the salty sea spray, the wind in your hair, the sun gently warming your skin, a gentle hug from a loved one....

Perhaps.... in this time of emotional and psychic duress, you can enjoy and dream of far-away places with John Masefield's famous poem- "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 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."

'Sea Fever' is one of the famous poems known for wanderlust and love for nature. It was first published in 1902 in "Salt-Water Ballads". The poem speaks about a person who talks about his never-ending love for the sea. It also illustrates how he thinks of the sea as a female and urges to spend quality time with her. A wonderful thought in these difficult, unsettling times.

Sea Fever- John Masefield
Listen to an actual audio recording of Masefield's Sea Fever from the author himself here. Add to Flipboard Magazine.