Every man, sooner or later, falls in love with the sea. For them it
is the horizon, the future, the possibility that life could be something
other than what they ever lived or imagined, a paradise. A journey,
an adventure, to return home to and be admired, hailed as a hero. The
sea, the last frontier. A hundred years ago, Melville hails it in Moby
Dick, saying the great hordes of men flock to the sea, after work, on
their lunch hours, just to get a glimpse of the land without cities,
the horizon unhindered by man. The sea is the heavens, but more tangible.
For now, only the elite rise into space. But anyone can be swept to
For me, it was water. The great umbilical, the womb.
© 1990 - 2003 Katharina Woodworth