Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Seaweed Stag

The Seaweed Stag, October 2012, Cari-Jane Hakes
Taken from the sketchbook, currently residing in the Hybrid Handmade atelier.  With words from the last verse of 'The Runnable' by Scottish poet, John Davidson (1857 - 1909).

He sports a fine pair of antlers, don't you agree?

For the record - I do remember, whilst in school in Scotland, learning bits of this poem.  It is almost 100 lines long and was therefore slightly in awe of relatives and adult friends of the family who claimed that they had had to learn the ENTIRE poem when they were at school!


  1. I love it! Such a clever us of seaweed! The poem is beautiful :)

  2. he's wonderful! as is the poem.

    and your tale of those who had to learn the entire thing reminded me of one we had to learn. could have sworn it was a longfellow poem about a ship but i'll be damned if i can find it.

    however, i did come across this famous longfellow poem, which reminded me of you in your atelier for obvious reasons.

    O Ship of State

    Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State!
    Sail on, O Union, strong and great!
    Humanity with all its fears,
    With all the hopes of future years,
    Is hanging breathless on thy fate!
    We know what Master laid thy keel,
    What Workmen wrought thy ribs of steel,
    Who made each mast, and sail, and rope,
    What anvils rang, what hammers beat,
    In what a forge and what a heat
    Were shaped the anchors of thy hope!
    Fear not each sudden sound and shock,
    'Tis of the wave and not the rock;
    'Tis but the flapping of the sail,
    And not a rent made by the gale!
    In spite of rock and tempest's roar,
    In spite of false lights on the shore,
    Sail on, nor fear to breast the sea!
    Our hearts, our hopes, are all with thee.
    Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears,
    Our faith triumphant o'er our fears,
    Are all with thee, -are all with thee!

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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