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, Sea Fever: Selected Poems
“Seaward From Seward” is the sixth in a series of daily video travel journals I kept during our recent trip to Alaska. All the ocean footage in this video was taken from a moving boat, by way of explaining some of the wavy gravy shots.
This one is special because it includes a poem by Peter Jensen called “Octopus.”
“Wild Life!” is the seventh in the series and was most shot at the fascinating Alaska Conservation Center.
“Autumn Comes to Denali” was shot the day before we entered that great national park. Music by Laurence Cole and the Song Shapers.