Foxtrot 1 Trip Update Day 21 – Erica, Program Director
As the student’s groggily move off of their boats and board their planes home, I am reminded of the poem, below, that has helped me transition home in the past. While the author, Rachel Lyman Field, speaks of an island, the feeling holds true for living aboard a boat. If once you’ve slept on the ocean, you’ll forever hear the waves tickle the hull and the halyard clang upon the mast, even whilst you’re snuggled up warmly in your bed.
Foxies, thank you for all of your smiles, laughs, and excitement. You’ve truly made this a wonderful program!! I hope that after your time at sea with us, you never are quite the same.
If Once You Have Slept On An Island, by Rachel Lyman Field
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.