On November 16 we commemorate the National Day of the Sea in Portugal.
O sea, how much of your salt
Is sharp with the tears of Portugal?
How many mothers have wept
And sons prayed vainly to cross you
And maidens remained unmarried
That we might claim you our own
O salty seas of Portugal.
And was the price too high?
Not if the soul can pay it
Not if the soul is big enough
To round the cape and discover
Further perils beyond
For God who created the waters
Made them also mirror his heaven.
Fernando Pessoa (transl. John Betjeman)
Cape Horn, 2007