Spotlight Poetry – Cargoes – A poem by John Masefield

© Andres Vivo, Steaming Tugboat (Detail)

Cargoes by John Masefield

Quinquireme of Nineveh from distant Ophir,
Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine,

With a cargo of ivory,
And apes and peacocks,
Sandalwood, cedarwood, and sweet white wine.

Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus,
Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores,
With a cargo of diamonds,
Emeralds, amythysts,

Topazes, and cinnamon, and gold moidores.

Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack,
Butting through the Channel in the mad March days,

With a cargo of Tyne coal,
Road-rails, pig-lead,
Firewood, iron-ware, and cheap tin trays.

Poem Attribution © John Masefield, Cargoes

Source Attribution https://allpoetry.com/cargoes

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Painting Attribution © Andres Vivo, Steaming Tugboat (Detail)

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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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Spotlight Poetry – The Bluebells – A poem by John Masefield (Excerpt)

© David Atkinson, Bluebells in Spring

The Bluebells by John Masefield

We stood upon the grass beside the road,
At a wood’s fence, to look among the trees.
In windless noon the burning May-time glowed.
Gray, in young green, the beeches stood at ease.

Light speckled in the wood or left it dim:
There lay a blue in which no ship could swim,
Within whose peace no water ever flowed.

Within that pool no shadow ever showed;
Tideless was all that mystery of blue.
Out of eternities man never knew

A living growth man never reaped nor sowed
Snatched in the dim its fitness from the hour
A miracle unspeakable of flower
That tears in the heart’s anguish answered to.

How paint it; how describe? None has the power.
It only had the power upon the soul
To consecrate the spirit and the hour,
To light to sudden rapture and console,

Its beauty called a truce: forgave: forgot
All the long horror of man’s earthly lot,
A miracle unspeakable of flower
In a green May unutterably blue.

Poem Attribution © John Masefield, The Bluebells

Source Attribution https://aclerkofoxford.blogspot.com/2014/05/in-green-may-unutterably-blue.html

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Painting Attribution © David Atkinson, Bluebells in Spring, (Date Unstated)

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