Elaha ohipa (Not Working): Paul Gauguin, 1896, oil on canvas, 65 x 75 cm (Pushkin Museum, Moscow)
Tide be runnin’ the great world over:
’Twas only last June month I mind that we
Was thinkin’ the toss and the call in the breast of the lover
So everlastin’ as the sea.
Heer's the same little fishes that splutter and swim,
Wi’ the moon’s old glim on the grey, wet sand:
An’ him no more to me nor me to him
Then the wind goin’ over my hand.
Charlotte Mew (1869-1928): Sea Love, from The Farmer's Bride, 1916
Te Arii Vahine (The Queen of Beauty): Paul Gauguin, 1896, watercolour, 172 x 229 mm (private collection)