“The Sea Gypsy” – Richard Hovey (1864-1900)
I am fevered with the sunset,
I am fretful with the bay,
For the wander-thirst is on me
And my soul is in Cathay.
There’s a schooner in the offing,
With her topsails shot with fire,
And my heart has gone aboard her
For the Islands of Desire.
I must forth again to-morrow!
With the sunset I must be
Hull down on the trail of rapture
In the wonder of the sea.
And because Venice is one of my favorite seaports …
MOWAT, Farley. The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float. A wryly funny book if you know anything about sailing; takes place on a small, ornery boat off the coasts of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.