Thursday, March 26, 2009

Long Island Sound


Long Island Sound
I see it as it looked one afternoon In August, 
by a fresh soft breeze o'erblown
The swiftness of the tide,
 the light thereon A far off sail,
 white as a crescent moon
The shining waters with pale currents strewn
The quiet fishing shacks, the Eastern cove
The semi-circle of its dark green cove
The luminous grasses,
 and the merry sun
In the grave sky, 
the sparkle far and wide
Laughter of unseen children,
 cheerful chirps Of crickets,
 and low lisp of rippling tide
Light summer clouds
 fantastical as sleep
Changing un-noted,
 while I gaze thereon
All these fair sounds and sights
 I made my own
Emma Lazarus (1849-1887)

8 comments:

Whitemist said...

This is what I think most people think when they think of the Sound.

Jeannette St.G. said...

I love the sails moving with the wind, and hope to catch it some day in a painting.

Larry said...

Beutiful images of sail boats.You know-I've never been on one but I bet that I'd like it.

matthew houskeeper said...

Whitemist;
Agreed!!!!

Jeanette;
A painting of a sailboat?
I have never heard of a such a crazy thing. :)

Larry;
You would Larry, You would!

Anonymous said...

Nice pictures, nice poem. The sailboats are a class called International One Designs, first sailed in 1936.

I enjoy your site. As a boy I spent many summer in Sag Harbor, long before its recent promotion to 'destination' status and annexation by the Hamptons I now have a sailboat (not an IOD) in Noank and sail as often as I can get away in the summer.

Cheers,
Stephen

matthew houskeeper said...

Stephen,
Thanks for the kind words and the info on the sailboat class. I am very weak on that subject.

I too, spent some summers in Sag Harbor back when there was still a hardware store and a diner on Main Street.

Redwing said...

As of two (or is it three, now?) summers ago that hardware store was still there, and man is it sweet! They have literally everything you can think of. I could spend hours in there.

But I broke up with that girl, and so, no more SH.

I love that you add poetry, Soundbounder...

matthew houskeeper said...

Redwing,
Thanks for the comments.
That's good to hear about Sag Harbor.
I always thought it was an ideal village because it had basic provisions like groceries, hardware etc adjacent to the waterfront.