Feorlean

By feorlean

Behold, the sea...

This is the loch opposite my house this afternoon with the wind pushing the waves and sparkling in the intermittent sun. But this seems also a time for poetry, perhaps almost subliminally, for I thought of Whitman when I saw the image and the opening line of "A song for all seas, all ships" which was the text for Vaughan Williams "Sea Symphony". Whitman is an acquired taste, and I am not sure I have ever fully acquired it, but there are great thoughts in it, including what this picture suggests :

"myriad waves hastening, lifting up their necks,
Tending in ceaseless flow"


And perhaps the final lines of the poem in the sequence gives me the strongest message today :

Sail forth -- steer for the deep waters only,
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!

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