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One Brief Shining Moment

Take a break to contemplate.

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

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  • ghostsniper August 27, 2019, 6:00 PM

    It was dark as a wolf’s mowf inside that tunnel. scary

  • jwm August 27, 2019, 7:57 PM

    It’s a great shot. As a former surf rat I have seen a few such waves but seldom at that size. I have been out there in that. Pretty much defines “scary”. But that was in the 70’s. I just looked at the WSL competition from Tahiti. Imagine waves bigger and gnarlier than that, only crowded with surfers like a ski slope in southern California on Christmas vacation. Guys are doing some amazing stuff. Look up footage of big wave surfing in Nazare, Portugal. Those swells make this look like a boat wake.


  • Nori August 27, 2019, 9:01 PM

    The power of that enormous surf to reach into the sky and pull that willowy cloud back within…
    the thundering noise as it crashes…or not.
    Wolf’s mouf,indeed.

  • Arcs August 28, 2019, 5:39 AM

    I love the poem. It has me missing bathing with saltwater and Dawn.

  • Chuck August 28, 2019, 8:26 AM

    Hokusai vindicated. I always thought the claw-like extrusions in The Great Wave off Kanagawa were just stylistic decorations, yet here they are. Seems great artists have a better eye for nature than I do.