Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wishful Wednesday - Tall Ships

I think I've always had a fascination with tall ships, whether it was going down to see them during the annual festivals on Lake Michigan as a child, watching documentaries and movies about life on the sea, or catching a glimpse of them in a coastal harbor while vacationing, these magnificent vessels hold a magical allure that unites the past with the present, transporting the imagination to the days of yesteryear when explorers and merchants first conquered the globe aboard these maidens of the sea.

We have a small but respectable collection of ship models on display in our office here at home - from miniature models of 16th century clipper ships, a blown glass "ship in a bottle", and even a rhinestone encrusted schooner pill box - but I love to look for items to add to the collection! So today, I'm sharing some of my favorite tall ship themed items from Etsy along with one of my favorite poems entitle Sea Fever by John Masefield, one of Great Britain's Poet Laureates. Please enjoy!

by John Masefield

Night Ship (Print)
by LewFoster

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,

Tall ship belt buckle
by NadineSage

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.

The Cutty Sark
by Microshipwright

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;

Handpainted Clipper Tile Mural

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.

Tall Ship Hand Cut Silhouette
by papercutsbyjoe

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;

Tall Ships Photo Greeting Cards
by pddesignsimages

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.

Happy sailing - and remember these words by Jim Rohn, "It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go."



Linda Pruitt said...

I love the way you did this post! Using the poem was a wonderful idea and great reading!

mysticwynd said...

Thank you so much, Linda! I really appreciate the feedback! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

Victoria said...

I love that poem! I got a small volume of Masefield for Christmas a few years ago. :) That paper silhouette is amazing!

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