Spotlight Poetry – Sea Fever – A poem by John Masefield

© Adele Gibson, I must go down to the sea, 2020

Sea Fever by John Masefield

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.

Poem Attribution © John Masefield, Sea Fever

Source Attribution https://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/poems/sea-fever/

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Painting Attribution © Adele Gibson, I must go down to the sea, 2020

Source Attribution https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-I-must-go-down-to-the-sea/818512/7773402/view

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