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11 February 2008 @ 12:21 pm
Favorite Poem: first runner-up.  
What is one of your favorite poems?

John Masefield

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 grey mist on the sea's face and a grey 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.

(Yes, I first stumbled across this poem because Captain Kirk quoted the second line in "The Ultimate Computer". Doesn't matter. Anyone who's been to sea understands this poem.)
I feel: contemplativecontemplative
Hafochafoc on February 12th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
In a Bad Poetry Mood
November 1913

In tall towers the lanterns shone red, white, red
Yet down the river past this friendly place
Sure of the power of their gods of steam
The great ships came, while Huron like a cat
Hid claws and fangs and purred to lure them on.
The waves now chuckle, maybe at a joke
The fishermen go out to try their luck
The sun shines brilliant on the pleasure boats
They never know that in the depths
Forgotten, in cold silence sealed
It is forever November 1913.

Henry B. Smith
James Carruthers
John A. McGean
Charles S. Price
Isaac M. Scott
Lightship 82