As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean...

Day after day, day after day,

We stuck, nor breath nor motion;

As idle as a painted ship

Upon a painted ocean.


Water, water, every where,

And all the boards did shrink;

Water, water, every where,

Nor any drop to drink!


From 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, written in 1797–98

  • Ian Kirk 2y

    "I see no ships! "
    Horatio Nelson RN Retired.....
  • Tom Webzell 2y

    Fantastic capture Steve, great image and title.
  • judy4652 PRO 2y

    A lovely shot, Steve!

    Seen In My Contacts
  • ~*Ms. Spiller*~ 2y

    ----------------Great Image--------------
  • ~*Ms. Spiller*~ 2y

    ~~ Magnificent work !!! ~~

    ~Absolutely beautiful !!!~
  • paul 2y

    Fantastic capture Steve.
  • Jo PRO 2y

    So simple but SO beautiful it doesn't look like that now! It's pouring here :(
  • Philip Male PRO 2y

    Beautifully simple... simply beautiful .......

    Less is more !!!
  • Dani Vellender PRO 2y

    My dad (now 87!) and I learned this off by heart over weeks and weeks when I was small. The memory training served me well in future years! Lovely image
  • Dawn Verdaguer PRO 2y

    it does look like a painting, really nice!
  • Katie-Rose PRO 2y

  • sasastro 2y

    such lovely blues
  • judy dean PRO 2y

    A real sense of the enormity of the ocean...
  • Sue PRO 2y

    Wonderful seascape :)
  • John Kortland PRO 2y

    Spectacular tones and beautiful simplicity in the composition.
  • Lesley 2y

    Yes, simply beautiful Steve :-)
  • David Stanley-Ward PRO 2y

    All the comments above and more.Fantastic.
  • Til.G88 2y

    Great Shot, Does he know where he is going!?!
  • Andrew Cooper PRO 2y

    Fantastic shot Steve!
  • Paul PRO 2y

    excellrnt Steve, nicely spotted and presented
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Taken on August 18, 2013
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