I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky  ~John Masefield from “Sea Fever”

I am drawn to the water,
a sanctuary dank and deep,
where Neptune’s sleep is unsullied
and tranquil. I will go there

where a sailor’s son should roam,
a second home for a weary traveler,
a reveler in life’s safe harbour.
Looking towards horizons and distant

places, of  foreign faces that grace these places
and dreams of adventure of which there are many.
Anyone who is so drawn is a son of the sea,
a welcomed one who is asked but one thing,

“What will you bring to the sea?”
for treasures that abound are found deep within,
and in their discovery we find ourselves.
I am ever-drawn to the water

a sanctuary dank and deep,
where the son of a sailor finds eternal sleep.

© Walter J. Wojtanik – 2017

Poetic Asides – Prompt #408: Second Home

Sea Fever

 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.


15 thoughts on “DRAWN TO THE WATER

  1. I must say, it’s really rare to come across good poetry. Where the poet revels himself to the world and paints a tapestry of such wonderful imagery that invokes the poets senses and inspires anyone that reads your work.

    You give so much heart and bring soul to your work. I love this so much.

    I’m now going to be following your page. 🙂

  2. Oh Walter. This poem sings to me..our ancestors originally settled on the coast of NC and until I went away to university, we had a small junky but funky cottage down in Emerald Isle. This poem is so poignant, so rich with feeling. And you quoted one of my favorite poems as well. The sea will cleans you with its salt and baptize you with its water. What do I bring to the sea? I bring my heart to lay in it’s depths for forever sleep.

  3. You take me back to my childhood days. I lived near the ocean, fishing in knee deep water, looking at the horizon wondering what lay beyond and wanting to go there. Despite the fury that the waters can muster, the attraction that the ocean has for me still holds many decades later. A beautiful write.

  4. I wonder if I may make a suggestion: ”where Neptune’s sleep is unsullied” is enough I think, without adding ”and tranquil”? This poem emphasised a personal longing, something great poetry does.

  5. I love the way you have riffed on the John Masefield poem, one I learned and recited as a child. We are all children of the water, although some are afraid of the mysteries of the sea.

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