Here’s another wonderful old chestnut:
by John Masefield
Masefield’s poem summons up that kind of longing. He yearns for the sea. For Masefield of course this was no empty romantic expression of nostalgia. He served on merchant ships. He was a voracious childhood reader and when he joined the school ship HMS Conway it was both to train for life at sea but also to break his reading habit. Masefield’s parents died when he was young and he lived with an aunt who disapproved of all the reading. Life on board gave him ample time for books so that didn’t work well.
Here are two of Edward Ardizzone’s watercolour and ink illustrations for his classic picture book Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain (1955)