Last week, I got a lovely email at my website from a then-stranger (hi Kevin!) who had stumbled across my post in the way that searching for things on the internet sometimes leads to, and in his very kind comments, he mentioned a poem by Richard Hovey called "The Sea Gypsy", which - at the time - I'd never read. But having remedied that situation, I can see why Kevin pairs the poems in his mind.
And I must say that I am sorry not to have read it sooner, but I'm so glad to have read it now that I thought I'd share it all with you today. I'm pretty sure
The Sea Gypsy
by Richard Hovey
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.
Terrific imagery - the sense of wanderlust comes through strongly, I think, and the love of the sea. The form of the poem (the technical explanation is below for them that wants it), with lines of regularly varying length, adds a rocking meter to the poem that contributes to the feeling of being at sea. Makes we want to head off on a boat - and I'm not really much of a boat lover!
The form of the poem uses trochaic tetrameter (four trochaic feet per line (TRO-key TRO-key TRO-key TRO-key), or, if you prefer two trochaic feet in each second line followed by a cretic foot (a three-syllable foot that follows a stress-non-stress pattern, such as LA-di-DAH).