Monday, 16 November 2009

A star to steer by

At last, something to blog :)

I've been crafting over the last few days, but it's stuff I can't post as it would spoil the surprise. This is one for the blog however. I've missed the last couple of challenges over at Gothic Arches for one reason or another, so I was determined to do this one. The theme is stars, and after musing over "Starry, Starry Night" and "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star", I remembered the line from John Masefield's "Sea Fever" about tall ships.

For those who don't know the poem:

I must 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 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 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.


  1. A really nice captured the feeling nicely! Your art is really great, too!

  2. Beautiful! and I love that poem, have a good week ;o)

  3. Beautifully done, Nigel! Thanks for sharing the poem, I enjoyed it. LynnF

  4. Oh WOW! It's a beautiful arch!
    I love the watery background effect and the silver stars. I thought that you might like this theme ;)

  5. Love that image... great arch

  6. Wonderful arch and great poem!

  7. Nigel
    I love the ship photo you selected and the design! fabulous art! :)

  8. The poem is so moving and beautiful and your arch captures it beautifully as well!