A hundred year old poem that has stood the test of time…
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 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 Lyman Field 1926
This poem came up on my Facebook feed this week and although the words and format are a tad dated, the sentiment is still as true today as it was almost a hundred years ago! Once you have slept on an island, you are never the same. There is something so special about island living and sleeping is a big part of that. Given the cool breezes over the past few weeks, we have been sleeping with the windows open.
Falling asleep and waking to the sound of waves… nothing like it.
Island life is amazing!!