I Must Go Down To The Seas Again | Sympathy Poems – Funeral Poems

I Must Go Down To The Seas Again
To The Lonely Sea In The Sky
(Sympathy Poems – Funeral Poems)

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 gray mist on the sea’s face
and a gray 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.

– John Masefield