Wednesday, April 11, 2007

On my trip to some place

I am currently planning a swift getaway with husband. It is taking me every ounce of determination to not just pack up and leave for home now. This feeling to be out of here, to hurriedly pack a couple of shirts, a notebook, and a pen, to be the willing adbuctee of an open road ...this is such a precious tug.

Here’s a wonderful poem that toasts the spirit of a wanderer:

A Wanderer's Song

A WIND'S in the heart of me, a fire's in my heels,
I am tired of brick and stone and rumbling wagon-wheels;
I hunger for the sea's edge, the limit of the land,
Where the wild old Atlantic is shouting on the sand.

Oh I'll be going, leaving the noises of the street,
To where a lifting foresail-foot is yanking at the sheet;
To a windy, tossing anchorage where yawls and ketches ride,
Oh I'l be going, going, until I meet the tide.

And first I'll hear the sea-wind, the mewing of the gulls,
The clucking, sucking of the sea about the rusty hulls,
The songs at the capstan at the hooker warping out,
And then the heart of me'll know I'm there or thereabout.

Oh I am sick of brick and stone, the heart of me is sick,
For windy green, unquiet sea, the realm of Moby Dick;
And I'll be going, going, from the roaring of the wheels,
For a wind's in the heart of me, a fire's in my heels.

John Masefield

2 comments:

Nonentity said...

beautiful poem. so easy to relate to... :)

Altoid said...

Ah :) Very apt poem. Thats just the state I am in right now and I am taking the day off tomorrow(Friday) pairing it with the weekend and raring to escape from this concrete jungle.

Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage;

Minds innocent and quiet take
That for an hermitage;

If I have freedom in my love,
And in my soul am free,

Angels alone that soar above
Enjoy such liberty.

Richard Lovelace 1618 - 1657