Your Obedient Serpent (athelind) wrote,
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Favorite Poem: first runner-up.

What is one of your favorite poems?


Sea-Fever
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.)
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