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THE SEA

by Kenji
Oh, a life on the ocean waves. Ship ahoy! I’m an old sea dog. Shiver me timbers, Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum. Hoist the mainsail, up to the crow’s nest and off into wide blue yonder. Storni: Me at the Bottom of the Sea There’s a house of glass at the bottom of the sea. It fronts on a street of solid madrepore. At five o’clock, a fat golden fish comes calling. He brings me a scarlet spray of coral blossoms. I sleep on a bed just a bit bluer than the sea. An octopus winks at me from the other side of the glass. In the green forest all around – ding-dong, ding-dang – the sea-green pearly sirens sing and sway. And over my head in the twilight,… Read more

Oh, a life on the ocean waves. Ship ahoy! I’m an old sea dog. Shiver me timbers, Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum. Hoist the mainsail, up to the crow’s nest and off into wide blue yonder.

Storni: Me at the Bottom of the Sea
There’s a house of glass
at the bottom of the sea.

It fronts on a street
of solid madrepore.

At five o’clock,
a fat golden fish
comes calling.

He brings me
a scarlet spray
of coral blossoms.

I sleep on a bed
just a bit bluer
than the sea.

An octopus
winks at me
from the other side of the glass.
In the green forest
all around –
ding-dong, ding-dang –
the sea-green pearly
sirens sing
and sway.

And over my head
in the twilight, burning,
all the bristle-points
of the sea.
(translation)

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“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 gray mist on the sea’s face, and a gray dawn breaking.”
(Masefield)

“Time held me green and dying
Though i sang in my chains like the sea”
(Dylan Thomas)

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2 paintings:

Rylov: Blue Expanse

Helen Elliott: Tenby, Wales
(looks like my wife and dog Bryn on the right, waving to me in the boat)

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Missing from this site:

Western Approaches
Sea Mail
Sara in 10 Minutes

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