Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SOMETIMES, by BERTON BRALEY

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First Line: Sometimes I long for a lazy isle
Last Line: Back to the whirl again!
Subject(s): Rest; Sailing & Sailors; Travel; Seamen; Sails; Journeys; Trips

Sometimes I long for a lazy isle,
Ten thousand miles from home,
Where the warm sun shines and the blue skies smile
And the milk-white breakers foam—
A coral island, bravely set
In the midst of the Southern sea,
Away from hurry and noise and fret
Forever surrounding me!

For I tire of labor and care and fight,
And I weary of plan and scheme,
And ever and ever my thoughts take flight
To the island of my dream.
And I fancy drowsing the whole day long
In a hammock that gently swings—
Away from the clamorous, toiling throng,
Away from the swirl of things.

And yet I know in a little while,
When the first glad hours were spent,
I'd sicken and tire of my lazy isle
And cease to be content!
I'd hear the call of the world's great game—
The battle with gold and men—
And I'd sail once more, with a heart of flame,
Back to the whirl again!

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