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 (1898-1967)
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) Born at Groot Zundert, Netherlands and intially drawing and painting dark realistic scenes, after meeting the Impressionist painters Van Gogh adopted their motifs, bright colours and style of painting. Van Gogh’s life was afflicted with mental trouble. Following a short period of artistic co-operation with the artist Paul Gauguin he cut off an earlobe in a symbolic act of self-mutilation. Van Gogh spent most of his last months in psychiatric care, eventually committing suicide and dying at Auvers sur Oise, France. Van Gogh’s work became a basic influence on the development of the Fauvism and Expressionism and his distinctive paintings sell for millions.
Spike Milligan wrote:
“I must go down to the sea again,
the lonely sea and the sky:
I left my vest and socks there –
I wonder if they’re dry?”