“Sea-Fever,” 11 x 14 acrylic on canvas

by Tonya R. Hengerer


by John Masefield

I must go down to the sea 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


And a gray mist on the sea’s face and a gray dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running


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


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.


  1. Oh Tonya! Love, love, LOVE this!!! It’s absolutely beautiful! I love the sea, and could literally get lost staring at your painting. With the accompanying poem, it’s all utterly sublime! Cher xo

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  2. “Wind like a whetted knife” — man, that’s good. I’d never read this poem before. Lovely painting, Tonya, I think I’ll stop to pick some flowers 🙂

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  3. I love this poem dear. I read it when I was in school and the teacher told us that the call of sea for a sailor is irresistible…! Thank you for sharing the poem and the painting. Happy memories revisit me😀

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  4. I love that poem …. Thank you. And thank you for your evocative and beautiful painting. I can stare at it and smell the salt air, feel the breeze ruffling my hair …. a delight.


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