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A Ship Therein

Updated on September 25, 2014

The Sea is my Inspiration.

Do you love the sea? I know I do! Sail boats and fishermen? As all my friends and those most dear to me will tell you, I have a boat fixation. I am a boat bore! Just look at me grin in the photo. I have just been on a speedboat at Whitby in North Yorkshire. Had I been born a boy, I would certainly have joined the Navy!

I just have to be within earshot of a flock of gulls, a whiff of salt air, or the sound of a distant foghorn and I am off. Boats? Let me at them! It's a boat? I must go on it! My two favourite places on this earth are probably Whitby and Victoria - thousands of miles apart, but what do they have in common? The answer is the sea, and more importantly - lots and lots of boats, ships, canoes, kayaks....

Being born by the sea might have something to do with this obsession of mine. I was born in a seaside town and my biggest regret was that I was not allowed to go out on the fishing boats with my Grandad when I was young. My dear Grandfather was a stonemason by trade and a fisherman by instinct - but he didn't want me in danger and the currents there were especially dangerous. A deep undertow made the pebble beach descend rapidly and deeply.

I think the adults were frightened I might dive in! I certainly found the water enticing, even when freezing - and I still do! Although, whilst I love to swim under the water, I have to admit that I have never fantasized about submarines since I was old enough to realize they were cramped and smelly! No, it is the sea air, the pebble beaches, the cliffs and caves and secret places, the wildlife, the whales, the seals and dolphins and of course the seagulls. Let me take you on a little trip through my wonderful places in pictures, poetry and song....

All photos here are my own, please do not copy!

Crossing the Bar - Tennyson Poetry Card

Poem by Tennyson, Photo of Whitby Pier

This poetry card features Tennyson's mystical sea poem, Crossing the Bar. I took the photo at Whitby, one of my favourite seaside haunts.


A Closer Look at an Orca

A Closer Look at an Orca
A Closer Look at an Orca

A Ship Therein

A poem I wrote a few years ago...

The Seekers sang "a ship there is" but the folk song is "a ship therein" and that was the inspiration for the title of my poem. To read the full poem, please click on the text. It will take you to my poetry website and a page called "Peaceful Places" which you might enjoy.

My heart belongs to sea and sky,

Where tall ships

Plough their silken furrows

Through soft fields of indigo and blue

And seagulls cry,

Proclaiming resting place

On languid cliff tops

Drifting by....

Lisa Gabriel, 16th May 2005

A Whisper of the Romantic in the Eye of God
A Whisper of the Romantic in the Eye of God

Not all of my poems are about the sea, many are about the Seasons and nature, but I invite you to explore some of my poems too.


Poetry of the Sea - Here are a selection of poetry books for those who love the sea...

On the Blue Shore of Silence: Poemas frente al mar (Bilingual)
On the Blue Shore of Silence: Poemas frente al mar (Bilingual)

Imagine the eternal pulse of the sea, swishing to and fro on the shores of the Isla Negra and you can appreciate this anthology of Neruda's poems. In English and Spanish, including his poems of the sea, many for the first time...

Sea Fever: Selected Poems of John Masefield
Sea Fever: Selected Poems of John Masefield

Sea Fever is the classic collection. Ask for poets of the sea and who always springs to mind but John Masefield. I must go down to the sea again- my thoughts entirely!


The Music of the Sea - Full Fathom Five....

A mysterious setting of Shakespeare's poem...

Poems of the Sea (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets Series)
Poems of the Sea (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets Series)

Great poets such as Cavafy , Coleridge, Homer, Masefield, Merwin, Milton, Plath, Poe, Shakespeare, Stevens and Tennyson. Forms such as sonnets, shanties, ballads, narrative rhymes... All celebrating the beauty and awesome mysteries of the Oceans!

The Iliad
The Iliad

The oldest and the greatest of poetry books, celebrating the ancient Greek heroes of legend and mythology. A wonderful adventure I loved as a child!


A Child at the Sea

For Gilly on her birthday at Garwick

This poem refers back to my early childhood memories. I wrote it after speaking to a friend who also had fond memories of the sea! Just click on the poem to read the whole thing, it will take you to my poetry site. The peaceful music you hear on this page is Fantasy, this features in a piano solo version on my CD, Flying To Meet The Sunrise which I recorded a couple of years ago.


Somewhere a clock chimes three.

A seagull's cry,

Like plaintive ghost,

Pierces a slow dawning sky,

And here I lie,

A child suspended,

Caught in that magic hour 'twixt night and day.

Nor wake, nor sleep,

But race the innocent dreams of freedom.

Lisa Gabriel, 16th May 2005

Paddling in Lake Alouette December 2012!

Paddling in Lake Alouette December 2012!
Paddling in Lake Alouette December 2012!
In Remembrance of Future Present
In Remembrance of Future Present

My first poetry book - not originally self-published. It was not meant to be lofty, nor bigoted either and it is not even centred all the way through. Oh well my heiny - why not just borrow it for free on Kindle Unlimited and judge for yourself?


Come On In - the Water's Fine

Crazy Brit enjoying MountainCrispness

Yes, definitely crazy after all these years. Who else but a Brit - a seafarer at heart - would paddle in the freezing water of a Canadian Lake in December. Alright, it is only Golden Ears near Maple Ridge, and quite mild for the time of year, but my toes were blue afterwards!

Boats at Victoria

Boats at Victoria
Boats at Victoria

Haul Away Joe... Free Sheet music. - A Sea Shanty in the Dorian Mode

Haul Away Joe
Haul Away Joe

Print, or play... Doesn't it just make you want to sail away?

Onboard the Bark Endeavour - Whitby

Onboard the Bark Endeavour - Whitby
Onboard the Bark Endeavour - Whitby

Smuggler's Haven

Photo taken through the rigging of a sailing ship at Whitby

One of my favourite boat rides at Whitby was on a half size replica of Captain Cook's sailing ship. It was a lovely trip on the Bark Endeavour that saw us returning just after sunset and this photo is of the Yorkshire coast through the rigging of that ship!


My favourite thing is boats... but really I just love the Sea, and Lakes and... and...

© 2013 Lisa Marie Gabriel

Do You Love the Sea? - What is your favourite thing about the sea?

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    • MelRootsNWrites profile image

      Melody Lassalle 

      5 years ago from California

      You love of boats and the sea really shine through in this article. It is great to find ones passion and to be able to enjoy it.

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      6 years ago

      Everything! I'd love a boat so I could go sailing!

    • LisaMarieGabriel profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @LisaAuch1: Me too Lisa! The sea in all its magnificence! It makes me believe in Poseidon :)

    • LisaAuch1 profile image

      Lisa Auch 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      I love going down to the beach at the bottom of my road on a windy day and just standing there watching the magnificent waves rolling in!


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