I set sail not because it is a kind sea,
or an angry sea, or a beguiling sea,
or a wise sea, or a blind sea,
or a lonely sea.
For the sea is none of those things;
and the sea is all of those things.
Know, rather, that I set sail
because it is the sea,
and because I have sailed
all the days of my life,
and the sea has borne me so well.