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I'm not usually one for poetry. Very little of it really sings to me, and I feel like it is important that such a strong form of written word be astounding to your soul, and not just pretty words.

My grandfather used to tell me that the Christian Bible was written in verse because only poetry could hope to describe the Infinite. Prose, while wonderful in its own way, is more useful for portraying the finite. That finite can be amazingly complex, but it still won't be infinite.

I've been hanging around the trek slash comms lately, and there is a verse commonly used in those circles: "all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by." Beautiful words that speak to the adventuresome spirit, as well as to the potential for ego and humility in humanity. The line is from John Masefield's "Sea-Fever".

The line has history with Star Trek, but that isn't why I like the poem. To be honest, I probably can't really explain my appreciation for "Sea-Fever" properly right now, except to say that it reads like prose. And I know that might sound a bit strange, but I've been attracted to poetry that sounds like conversation or reads like a story for as long as I can remember. And I don't mean I like traditional ballads.

A poem doesn't have to actually tell a specific story for me to like it, and it doesn't have to be written in plain modern english or free verse or anything like that. I don't really know if I can accurately tell you what I mean right now. Christ, maybe I need more sleep.

In any event, I'm leaving you with two poems. The first is the poem that inspired this post, and the second is one of my favorites.

Sea-Fever )

Alone )


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