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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
The Writer
This Officer who came to run Ship's Office
A proper Toff who dressed just like a gent
Spoke measured English of the BBC
Wrote in the School Paper a lovely piece
Saying Akbar reminded him architecturally well
'Of the villas of Torre Annunciata
Or His Majesty's Prison
at Brixton Southwest One'
And from it a boy discovered wit
Can lead the mind to happy thoughts
Lifting the spirits with its turn of words.
Those words will live forever in the mind
Growing into a fine lusty garden
A funny spur that catalyses life.