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16 March 2009

Come to the Calming Sea...
Where Worldly Cares are Few...

Black lie the hills; swiftly doth daylight flee;
And, catching gleams of sunset's dying smile,
Through the dusk land for many a changing mile
The river runneth softly to the sea

O happy river, could I follow thee!
O yearning heart, that never can be still!
O wistful eyes, that watch the steadfast hill,
Longing for level line of solemn sea!

Have patience; here are flowers and songs of birds,
Beauty and fragrance, wealth of sound and sight,
All summer's glory thine from morn till night,
And life too full of joy for uttered words.

Neither am I ungrateful; but I dream
Deliciously how twilight falls tonight
Over the glimmering water, how the light
Dies blissfully away, until I seem

To feel the wind, sea-scented, on my cheek,
To catch the sound of dusky flapping sail
And dip of oars, and voices on the gale
Afar off, calling low, -- my name they speak!

O Earth! Thy summer song of joy may soar
Ringing to heaven in triumph. I but crave
The sad, caressing murmur of the wave
That breaks in tender music on the shore.

Poem: Land-locked by Celia Thaxter (1860)
Sussex Beach House Photo credit Jjlocation <3> Thanks Shawn ! <3
Museville update tomorrow!


Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Such gorgeous images. They made me feel relaxed!

Mickey said...

very beautiful photos, and nice poem.
Are the paint progress photos coming soon? Eagerly awaiting. :o)

suzeeez said...

All very beautiful.....I want to live there. Sue

Miss Kris said...

Ohhhh Isa...I LOVE your WORLD!!! Such beauty with words and photos. I wish, I had wings to take me there!

Mari at Once Upon a Plate said...

Isa, thank you for a calming retreat at the end of a hectic day.

You're a jewel. xo~m.

Vicki said...

Fabulous photos....a wonderful post!!! thanks.....

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Ahhhh. And oh so California-esque.

niartist said...

Ooooo! What a great idea, that old window as a tabletop!?!?!?!?!? Eeeek! I have 100 of those in my garage! :)

Marie said...

Hi! I just came across your blog, luv'd it and read it from your very first one...then I realized, I think we're neighbors. Well what I mean is I also just bought a small beach shack in SoCali specifically in "South O" which we're currently remodeling. What a small world huh? I'm now a fan :)

vicki archer said...

What a beautiful poem set to those wonderful images Isa, xv.

Courtney said...

Calming indeed. I want to dine in that lovely room with a wall of windows overlooking the water!

cityfarmer said...

I should like to reside here!!!


once in a blue moon... said...

oh i love these retreats you make me yearn for...

4 books left yesterday, by roller skates, could take a while, but they have started their journey~

Cote de Texas said...

so beautiful - !!!!