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Akbar Songs
Introduction - 0
View from above upon arrival - 1
First Akbar door - 2
Gear - 3
Meeting the Division - 4
First Communion at Akbar - 5
Shepherd - 6
Lights out - 7
Vultures - 8
Get h’on Parade! - 9
Bandy - 10
Wakey–wakey! - 11
Smartening rig - 12
Economy Star - 13
Poetry Club - 14
The Writer - 15
The Skipper - 16
Boating - 17
Seamanship - 18
The Skipper's Kippers - 19
Moot Court - 20
Dirty Mary - 21
Cross–country - 22
Sailorboy - 23
Church Parade - 24
Fellini fragment on Jildy - 25
Deckscrap - 26
Cinderella Days - 27
Long Tom for 'Dead Men' - 28
Waiting for Podmore - 29
Akbar - 30
The Path - 31
View from above upon arrival
It was a boy borne on the tides of time
Stood on the lip of an English shoreline
Broad Dee estuary spread at his feet
Dark Eryri hills his horizon sweet.
'Twas then his mind began to shape life's rhyme
Upon first sight this stark waterline
Stuck to his eyes to keep the mem'ry sweet
That he may sing forever benison.
Only a fragment of a summer's sun
While down below an hundred boys double
Attired in Royal Navy rigs they march
A silver bugle's calls command their day
To every clarion call they run
Form up in ordered ranks, give no trouble
With polished boots and a crackle of starch
The boy's heart leaps —
Soon he will live and learn
To swing along with that swank Navy march.