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 change upon you came,
But--once you have sleep on an island
You'll never be quite the same!
"Taxis and Toadstools: Verses and Decorations" by Rachel Field
Courtesy of Mary-Lou Boucouvalas
Trott's Island as seen from Goat Island: Photo by Tom Bradbury