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Wishes on board

“Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men.”

Zora Neale Hurston, “Their Eyes Were Watching God”


Lerwick, Shetland Islands, August 2019


And if you fancy a laugh (or cry), here is alternative version of those words. Big thanks to Margaret for sending me a link to some opening lines rewritten for the pandemic by Eli Grober in the New Yorker last week.

“Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. But cruise ships are totally out of the question now. We’;re never going on one of those again.”

It’s time for a weekly quotation-inspired image.

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Copyright Debbie Smyth,  7 April 2021

16 replies »

  1. I know lots of people are interested in taking cruises, but the only cruise I’m interested in is one up the Alaskan coast. It’s like going to Las Vegas. I’m happy other people want to go, but I’m not interested. 🙂


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  2. Never have and never wanted to. Been on short cruises but really disliked that I was stuck on a boat and wanted to get off but no way. A gondola ride or a ferry is my limit 🙂

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  3. I have never been on a huge cruise ship and never wanted to be on one. Now that is just reinforced. I often feel glad that I travelled back in the day when you could just walk in to the Uffizi after lunch and not even have to line up. When the waters of Venice were open and only filled with gondolas or small boats and not mega cruise liners. Westminster Abbey could be visited just like any other church. That is all because I am older and have been travelling with my parents or on my own my entire life. When I was four we arrived at Heathrow and it was basically a Quonset hut! I could go on but I’ll spare you!🤣

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    • They have never been my thing either. I did a school cruise when I was 15 which was a great start to my travels, and I have since sworn I won’t do another until I can no longer walk! It’s just not really travel – just a tick-it-off-the-list.

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