Longing for the sea…

IMG_9270Am re-reading a book I read a decade or so ago, and came across this verse of poetry quoted in one of the later chapters. It somehow caught my attention today, so I am going to type it out here, along with this photo of my son Jon and a friend sailing in Wisconsin. Not the sea, but in the open waters outside the safety of the bay where I sat with my camera…

I have studied many times

The marble which was chiseled for me –

A boat with a furled sail at rest in a harbor.

In truth it pictures not my destination

But my life.

For love was offered me, and I shrank from its disillusionment,

Sorrow knocked at my door, but I was afraid

Ambition called to me, but I dreaded the chances.

Yet all the while I hungered for meaning in my life

And now I know that we must lift the sail

And catch the winds of destiny

Wherever they drive the boat.

To put meaning in one’s life may end in madness, 

But life without meaning is the torture

Of restlessness and vague desire –

It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.

                              [Edgar Lee Masters]




~ by fourfeetsixinches on January 24, 2013.

4 Responses to “Longing for the sea…”

  1. I definitely have more regrets about the things I did not do than those I wish I had not done. thanks, Don

  2. I too struggle with some of the choices I’ve made and will always wonder “what if……?” My reflections of my past make me hunger for a more meaningful and memorable future with friends and family! Thank you for your insightful blogs! Much appreciated!

  3. your pic reminds me of dave and scott on the sailboat in saginaw bay…great memories! 😉

  4. The mystery of the sea beating it’s immortal call to Seamen and shore dwellers.”water,water everywhere and not a drop to drink” (something like that) ……..so – -tis better to be sickenened by the sea than never to have been seasick at all?

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