Friday, 28 January 2011

Happy Birthday, Beryl!!!

Well - we had to use Beryl as our excuse to post this pic, '...the lonely sea and the sky...' (and declaim the following poem - one of our favorites)

Monty, sitting on haunches, one paw on chest, the other out to the sky, in a rising woof of excitement, recites:


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.

By John Masefield (1878-1967).
(English Poet Laureate, 1930-1967.)

Happy Birthday, Beryl!!!


Jan Jones said...

Ooh, Lovely and atmospheric. I needed that.

montyandrosie said...

We just love that poem!