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Wild Cat IslandEdit

for Minnow

And did those hands in ancient time
dip into Coniston's waters blue?
And was the Terror of the Seas
some Coniston neighbour's girl he knew?
Did Kanchenjunga's stony face
stand out above those purple moors?
Was Wild Cat Island realy real,
set in that great skyline of hills?
Bring me my boat with brown-tanned sail,
bring me my arrows with green tips,
bring all our gear: O tents, unfold!
Bring lanterns for approaching ships.
I will not seek authentic sites:
wherever Nature's close at hand,
there in our hearts is Wild Cat Island
in Ransome's green and pleasant land.

(Tokyo, 1997)

words and music

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