Monday, October 7, 2013

I must go down to the sea today

As the rain and wind rips the autumn leaves from the trees and the air whispers that soon it will be November, my mind wanders to the peaceful shores of Indian Rocks Beach and the sea.

My latest read is John Banville's  "The Sea" winner of the Man Booker Prize in 2005.    Now I eagerly  await the movie The Sea
starring Charlotte Rampling and Ciaran Hinde



I  must go down to the sea today   Poem by John Masefield

I must go 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 go 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 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.



Portrait of Helen Tilston painting by Violetta

I look forward to joining my art partners Mary Rose and Violetta in Florida very very soon.


69 comments:

  1. What a beautiful poem.
    The painting is also....so nice.
    Love the colours.

    Greetings,
    Inge, my choice

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    1. Hello Inge
      Thank you for your comment. I am happy you enjoyed the poem and painting

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  2. Dear Helen, I googled John Masefield - from the words I guessed he is Irish but I was proved wrong he is English! However, the poem is wonderful! I love the painting of you! When I saw it I immediately knew it is you! Well done by Violetta! Have a great day! Christa

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    1. Hello Christa and lovely to hear from you. Yes, Violetta is a master painter and is in high demand for her portraits. It was a total surprise when I saw the painting. Have a wonderful weekend

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  3. One of my favourite poems. Helen, and a lovely painting. If you were painting Violetta that day it would make a nice circular reference.

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    1. Hello Mise
      How are you? I like you suggestion of a circular reference. You have given me an idea
      Helenxx

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  4. It's funny Helen, all I'm dreaming of is mountains and snow :-)
    Di
    xoxo

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    1. Hello Di

      I suppose faraway hills are green!. Hope you wish comes true
      Helenxx

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  5. Hi Helen...firstly, I love your portrait! I think it would be wonderful as a blog header. I read 'The Sea" a few years ago and enjoyed it. Great news to hear they are making a movie of it. I look forward to seeing how they create the feeling that stayed with you throughout the book..Charlotte Rampling is a start. It will be fabulous! Having grown up by the sea...I loved this poem, especially the reference to 'vagrant gypsy life' It resonates... :)

    Thank you! xx

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    1. Hello Jeanne
      I, too, found it difficult to put the book down. It will be curious to see how the movie works. John Banville was involved in the making of the film.
      I was totally surprised to find Violetta had painted me, I was blissfully painting my own view. Her portraits are in high demand.
      Have a wonderful weekend and happy anniversary
      xx

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  6. What a beautiful portrait you have, Helen; and thank you for the poem: it brings back childhood memories, and is one of the few poems I successfully memorised back in the day. It is so evocative, and I often think of the opening lines, especially when I see the sea!

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    1. Hello Patricia

      We, too, memorized the poem. We must have had the same curriculum.
      The sea heals many.

      Helenxx

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  7. I love that poem. :) And Violetta's beautiful portrait of you.
    Hmmm, Ciaran Hinds and Charlotte Rampling? Now THAT is quite a pairing...
    Bisous!

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    1. Hello Heather

      I am anxiously waiting for The Sea to reach North America theatres.
      A wonderful cast of characters including Sinead Cusack
      Helenxx

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  8. What a beautiful portrait and I love the poem ...

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    1. Thank you Jane and wishing you a joyful weekend

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  9. Your portrait is so beautiful Helen! Thank you for this lovely poem, so significative, so fresh...Charlotte Rampling, just adorable...
    So good to hear from you!Take care and have fun!

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    1. Hello Olympia

      Nice to hear from you too. Violetta always surprises me. She is a master portrait painter and captures the essence of her subjects. I felt you would enjoy the poem, living near the ocean as you do
      Have a glorious weekend xx

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  10. Violetta's painting of you is so beautiful. The colors and the poem weave a perfect picture. I too look forward to the movie the Sea. Charlotte Rampling I could watch in any film! Have an equally lovely day Helen and sending you all my best! x Deb

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    1. Hello Deb
      Like you, I can hardly contain myself until the movie comes and Charlotte is one of the best. Violetta has been painting since childhood and is the first women in a line of famous Russian painters. We tease that she is like the Russian athletes whom the world always feared, who are dedicated and trained in their art from childhood.
      Hope your day is special my friend
      Helen xx

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  11. Oh, the movie does sound enchanting! And I love the painting of you my friend! It's beautiful here this month. Hope you make the trip soon! Sweet Florida hugs, Diane

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    1. Hello Diane

      Soon and very soon I shall see the Gulf and join my painting friends. We have a busy lineup of art shows this Fall/Winter/Spring but we will manage some fun too.

      Have a glorious day
      Helen xx

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  12. Being in the middle of Autumn here in the UK, that first image looks very inviting Helen !
    .... and, that poem is a childhood favourite.
    Beautiful piece of you painting too.
    Have a lovely week Helen. XXXX

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    1. Hello Jacqueline
      Chose childhood poems seems to stay with us and how easily we memorized them! I hope you are enjoying Autumn and thank you for your kind words.
      Helen xx

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  13. I'm imagining what it must be like to have a friend who can paint a portrait so lovely of oneself.
    I am always drawn to the sea - every day. If I don't have time to walk on the shore I drive by, to or from work, just to take big breaths of the salt air. Enjoy your time in Florida!

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    1. There is something about the salty sea air that nourishes the heart, I agree.
      Thanks for visiting and your kind words
      Wishing you a week of joy
      Helen xx

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  14. what a beautiful poem, photo and painting...my spirit lifts when I go to the sea and even when I see pictures of it...xx

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    1. Hello Mona
      Have you taken my friends the cats to the seaside. I wonder how they would behave and what wisdom they would gleam from such

      Have a wonderful week Helen xx

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  15. Dear Helen -
    The portrait of you painting in the studio by Violetta is beautiful. I agree with Jeanne: it would make a lovely blog header image!
    Cheers,
    Loi

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    1. Dear Loi

      I love Violetta's portraits and what a wonderful idea to have as a header.
      Being a creature of habit, I tend to leave well enough alone when it comes to the design of my blog. One time, in my creativity, I lost my followers so I treat softly.
      Fond wishes for a week of joy
      Helen xx

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    2. I am not very blog savvy.....terrified of making changes to the site. I know what you mean, Helen!! ;-)

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  16. Helen,
    I have been waiting for your blog. I miss seeing your, Violetta's, and Mary Rose's paintings. Please tell Violetta that I could tell it was you in her portrait of you. I love the way you three ladies paint. I wish I could paint!
    Christa

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    1. Hello Christa
      Thank you kindly for missing me. Life has been extremely hectic and busy for which I am very thankful. I hope to get back to blogging with more regularity.
      May your week be extra special
      Helen x

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  17. I've read the book, but didn't know about the movie--just watched the trailer for the movie and can't wait to see it! I haven't heard that poem for a long time--it really is wonderful. The painting of you is marvelous!

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  18. Hello Helen,
    I am not familiar with the book or the movie. I will look for them. The poem is beautiful and thank you for sharing it. Gorgeous painting!

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    1. Hello Sanda

      I think you will enjoy the book. It was awarded the Man Booker in 2005.
      I could not put it down. One always wonders how the movie will compare.

      Wishing you a week of joy

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  19. How wonderful to have warm days at the sea to look forward to as Autumn descends in earnest. Such a lovely portrait of you, too! XO

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    1. Hello Jeanne

      Yes, I treasure being by the sea in all kinds of weather. Violetta has won many awards for her portraits. I was totally unaware she was painting me. We (Mary Rose, Violetta and myself) were painting from the lobby at the Vinoy and were at opposite ends of the porch and when we met for lunch I was pleasantly surprised. We have all painted each other at some stage of plein aire painting trips.
      Hope you are rested from your many trips
      Helen xx

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  20. Dear Helen,
    I do like the poems of John Masefield. It has been some time since I read that one - so thank you for providing pleasant memories.
    Have you read his book: The Midnight Folk? What a read!
    I hope you are having a nice week.
    Kirk

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    1. Hello Kirk
      Lovely to hear from you and thank you for the book recommendation, I have put it on my list. I love book recommendations.

      Wishing you a week of joy
      Helen xx

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  21. Dear Helen,

    Well, I took your advice and off to the sea I headed! It was, and will always be calling my name, as the tide in the lovely poem states! Yes, I agree, what an ingenious idea: Violetta's pretty portrait of you at work, is a wonderful idea for a blog banner!

    Happy Thursday!

    xo
    Poppy

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    1. Hello Poppy
      Last evening we went to the opera Peter Grimes and it, too, is set by the sea. It has made me all the more anxious to join my art partners.
      Wishing you a week of joy
      helen xx

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  22. A lovely poem Helen.
    Violetta has painted you so beautifully, standing by your easel with your hat and long skirt. I am sure that you miss them.
    I love the sea Helen.
    I sometimes, wish I could sail away again to far off distant shores.
    Happy Thursday.. love val xxxx

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    1. Hello Valerie

      I am sure you must miss sailing. Your trips to the Algarve must be special. I really had no clue that Violetta was painting me until we re-joined for lunch.
      I hope you have a very special week dear Val

      Helenxx

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  23. Such a beautiful poem and a lovely painting, Helen!

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    1. Why thank you for your visit and kind words.

      Hoping your week is very special

      Helen xx

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  24. I am crazy over your portrait!!!

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    1. Thank you for your compliment. Violetta is a master painter.
      Helen xx

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  25. I adore this poem because it speaks to me on so many levels. Have a wonderful time in Florida.

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    1. Hello Loree

      Thank you, I am looking forward to joining my art partners, Violetta and Mary Rose. We have a busy time ahead but we shall make sure to have some fun too.
      Hope you have a great week
      Helen xx

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  26. Oh Helen, your world is a breeze of gentleness. Thank you for bring the ocean to me every time I come to visit. And thank you for rustling through the leaves to get to my post. ENJOY THE WEEKEND! Anita

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    1. Dearest Anita

      Such kind works you speak and I thank you. I love when you have a new post and your creativity seems to get better and better.
      Fondest wishes for a week of joy and regards to your husband
      Helen xx

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  27. Thank you so much for sharing the poem by John Masefield and the link to "The Sea"(trailer). Just as Loree says, I also adore this poem becaue of the same reason. I watched the trailer and found it interesting. I can't wait to see the movie at a theater. Have a nice week, Helen!!

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    1. Dear Sapphire,
      I am happy to read you enjoyed the poem. I truly loved the novel "The Sea" and I am hoping the movie will do it justice. With such a wonderful cast of actors I am sure it will not disappoint.

      Wishing you a week of joy
      Helen xx

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  28. I'm looking forward to having you back in Florida...Plenaire Cottage blog has been quiet for awhile :)

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    1. Hello Becky

      Thank you and I am looking forward to the sunshine. Life has been hectic and I must post to Plein Aire Cottage Artists blogspot.
      Helen xx

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  29. Such a beautiful poem, Helen; thank you for sharing it.
    How did you find 'The Sea'? It has been a while since the book has been sitting on my shelf; I hope to take it up soon. Would love to exchange reviews once I am through it.

    Hope you are having/had a good time at the beach. Have a great weekend.

    PS. Lovely painting!

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    1. Hello Suman

      I would love to read your thoughts/review on "The Sea". Please read it
      Thanks for your good wishes.
      My best to you

      Helen xx

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  30. I really love this poem! I am so itchy to get back to Maine or to the coast of northern California. It captures that desire so well. :o)

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    1. The sea gets into our bones. I hope you make a visit soon
      Helen xx

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  31. Helen, what a beautiful poem! The sea calls me daily. I have lived by water my entire life and I do not know what I would do without its calming view, sounds and breeze.

    I hope that you have a fabulous time with your partners! This painting is stunning!

    Thank you for your always kind comments! I wish you were my neighbor too, we could trade desserts for painting lessons!

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    1. Hello Elizabeth

      I can relate to your views of the sea, in every sense of the word.
      I am joining my art partners shortly and look forward to painting in the sunlight
      Helen xx

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  32. The second line of the poem is so very familiar to me. I'm wondering where I heard it before. I think it might have been the 1970s adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

    I feel the way you feel about the sea, only it's the desert. I'm here in the NW, trying to get my bearings in the autumn mist with mixed results ...

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    1. Hello Suze

      I can appreciate your feelings for the desert. We debated, long and hard, between getting a home in Arizona or Florida and the ocean won. We still love to visit AZ
      Helen xx

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  33. Such a lovely poem, Helen. It would be great to visit Florida some day...

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    1. Oh I hope you do visit Florida. I think you will love it here
      Helenxx

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  34. My dearest Helen,

    How did I miss this post when you have two of my most favourite names (John Banville and Charlotte Rampling) listed in the same paragaph?? I can't wait for this film. As you know, how much I admire Irish literature and the writings of John Banville and I will watch anything and everything if Charlotte Rampling is in it - she's my favourite actress of all time. "I must go down to sea again" - I love this poem and song - I adore Thomas Allen's rendition of this song. I hope all is well with you. I've been quite busy recently but I hope to update with you with some news soon. Thank you so much for your recent comment on my blog. You're such a great reader! It's wonderful to have someone who understand my irony :-)

    Best wishes, ASD

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    1. Dearest ASD
      I always learn so much from you whether it be literature, music or books.
      Now I am searching for a recording by Thomas Allen and so far I am not finding him on you tube.
      I truly love your writing, your blog and you.

      Helen xx

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  35. Hello Helen,

    What a dreamy delight this post this, both for its lovely poem about the sea, and all its charisma, and for the beautiful portrait by Violetta! What a charmed life you lead, my friend, painting the days away in colourful surroundings, practicing your passion!

    Have a wonderful first week of Fall 2014!

    xx
    Poppy

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