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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
Bandy
In the spectral hut where boys blew bugles,
Bandy’s ghost sits like a kestrel hawk,
sharp eyes piercing
Through every youthful pretext, watching
Pursed lips playing F A C E and
E G B D F, learning Treble Clef
What goes in spaces, what sits on the lines.
His pecking pointing sharp baton weaves air
He might as well be playing Albert Hall
As there forever in a draughty old shed
Perched on windy Deeside at his life's end
Yet he waves his wand like Paganini
Culls from the brains of boys romantic dreams
Of massed brass music of a great Empire.
Bandy was the kind of man you'd need on board
Ready to play 'Nearer my God to Thee'
Lead others in his seeking of the truth.