If Once You Have Slept On An Island Poem by Rachel Field

If Once You Have Slept On An Island

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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.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Cynthia Buhain-baello 08 October 2012

Lovely and delightful poem, I enjoyed reading it very much!

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Alex Sarich 14 July 2020

nice write, I enjoyed the read.

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Dr Antony Theodore 20 May 2019

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... dreams of an island life beautiful. tony

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Robert J Fielding 20 May 2019

Yes, there is a magic when detached from the mainland. Nautical images haunt you, as Rachel skilfully puts it. A pleasant and meaningful poem. RJF

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Mahtab Bangalee 20 May 2019

so if you have slept by the pure heart on island of the love you can discover the true nature of all......./// impressive poem

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Michael Morgan 08 October 2012

Tidy, well-reasoned poem with lots of atmosphere. Good contrast between 'then' and 'now.' I remember it from HS

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