To what is the speaker constantly drawn to in "The Seafarer"?

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He is drawn to the sea.  It is in his blood.  Have you ever loved anything so much that you're constantly thinking of it and want to get back to it?  It's like Lance Armstrong with biking, or Michael Jordan with basketball. 

The speaker of this poem is in love with life on the sea.  No matter how cold and uncomfortable it is, or how hard the work tends to be, he can't keep himself from this life.  He recognizes that life on land is easier and more comfortable and that there is no shortage of warm beds, food, and women on land.  However, that is not what entices him.  The sea calls to him and beckons him back.

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