Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Once You Have Slept On An Island . . .


If once you have slept on an Island
You'll never be quite the same;   

You may look as you looked the day before
And go by the same old name,


You may bustle about in street and shop
You may sit at home and sew,
But you'll see blue water and wheeling gulls
Wherever your feet may go. 


You may chat with the neighbors of this and that
And close to your fire keep,
But you'll hear ship whistle and lighthouse bell
And tides beat through your sleep. 


Oh! you won't know why and you can't say how
Such a change upon you came,
But once you have slept on an island,
You'll never be quite the same. 


D. Alfred Henderson said...

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” John Steinbeck - Travels with Charley.This poem reminds of this books introduction "When I was young". Thanks for the poem from a former childhood resident.

Candis Collick said...

My pleasure Afanasy! And I love the Steinbeck quote - I have used it often on my @Drummond Island MI Facebook page.

Enjoy your day!