“If I had a ship,” the poem “The Island” by A.A.Milne begins. The first stanzas describe sailing the ship through the seas to a beach and leaving the ship to climb up the steep white sand to the trees. It concludes:
And there would I rest, and lie,
My chin in my hands, and gaze
At the dazzle of sand below,
And the green waves curling slow,
And the grey-blue distant haze
Where the sea goes up to the sky . . . .
And I’d say to myself as I looked so lazily down at the sea;
“There’s nobody else in the world, and the world was made for me.”
A. A. Milne, “The Island,” in When We Were Very Young, Copyright, 1924, by E. P. Dutton, Copyright Renewal, 1952, by A. A. Milne.
On one hand, the last line seems selfishly self-centered.
On the other hand, it reminds me that we all do well to take time away in nature, to spend time alone, to rest, to gaze about, and to wonder.
I didn’t (and don’t) have a ship, the pictures are not from or of an island, and the weather was too chilly to stay still long! Nevertheless they are what I remembered when I read A. A. Milne’s poem.
Wherever you are and whatever the weather, may you take time to rest and to wonder!