July 4, 2020: Fireworks in the Anchorage

In 1902, John Masefield said:

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.

Allegedly, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who made the first nonstop solo circumnavigation (from June 1968 to April 1969, as part of the Times Golden Globe Race), learned the poem as a kid and can recite it.

I’d simply add fireworks launched from the decks of gold-lit boats in an ink-dark anchorage, an ochre moon completely full, and three dolphins beneath the boat’s bow on the trip down. Then you’d have all you need.

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