Description: Another in my "Sea Stories" collection in the "Down to the Sea in Ships" series.
I think of the journey each of us is on...our own personal quest for peace,
for truth, for wholeness...the journey of self-discovery -
and it takes me to the sea. . .
Ships and the sea have always had tremendous symbolic meaning for me. I know I've lived before in the age of the tall ships, of daring exploration. For me there is no better analogy for my life's journey than all the joys and dangers one encounters on a sea voyage aboard a sailing ship bound for unknown worlds. . .
----- Lianne Schneider . . .
I MUST GO DOWN TO THE SEAS AGAIN . . .
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.
--- John Masefield, I Must Go Down To the Sea
Digitally hand-painted from images in the public domain � circa 1840
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