Thoughts inspired by John Masefield.


I miss the sound of the sea

the smell of salt

the wash of waves on silver sand.


We were all water once

woven warp and weft from ocean whisper

and the deep dreams of whales.


I will go back at the end of the day

before the dying of the light

and linger in the salt blue sun.


Once when we were water

we knew what was true and what lie

why we must go down to the sea again.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

21 thoughts on “Sea”

  1. That desire is strong in me as well. The ocean shore is a cleansing place for the spirit–“woven warp and weft from ocean whisper”. (K)

    1. I think we probably all have it. For me at any rate, it isn’t something that can be shared. The ocean, wonderful as it is, can’t compete with a horde of beach enthusiasts. The magic dies.

      1. When I was a child I loved getting up early and outside into the woods to be the only one about. My parents would probably have been locked up for child neglect these days.

  2. This is too beautiful I literally missed the sea. You are truly amazing Jane! ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›

  3. I’ve been thinking about John Mansfield’s poem a lot lately too. I actually got to the sea yesterday but it don’t turn out how I expected. I think the seas were a lot cleaner when we were water. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I was used to north sea coastlines, rocky with headlands and inlets, rockpools and small pebbly beaches. The ocean with miles of sand covered in miles of bathers just doesn’t appeal to me at all. I doubt Masefield would have liked it much either.

  4. I’ve only been to the ocean a few times, but I often think of it as a kind of ultimate place to which to return. Maybe this is human evolution. I trust when you decide, you will find a tall ship and a star for steering.

    1. The Atlantic coast of Ireland is wild and rugged and more or less empty. The coast here is hot and flat and sandy and noisy with people.
      I’ll take the star rather than the tall ship. I get sea sick.

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