Monday, November 16, 2009

Greetings from the Island of Kauai

Posted  by Terry McNichols 

My husband and I are just returning from a wonderful ten days on the island of Kauai.  Here is a poem I found years ago, when visiting Grand Cayman Islands.  This poem returned to me during our ten-day visit.  Thanks to Leona and Richard for the use of their time share.

If 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.
 -- Rachel Field

(Photo by Jeff Kubina, shared via Flickr)

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