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Next Turn Of The Wheel (Garnet Rogers)

It could break your heart to watch the sun
Strike gold along this shore,
Where the little boats still bump and spin,
As they did long years before.

The harbour lights burn dim tonight,
They've closed these boats all down,
And the men all stand in silence,
On the corners of the stand.

And they stand and smoke by empty stores,
And they watch the cars roll by,
They stare into the distance,
With hard and angry eyes.

So it's farewell to the harbour,
Farewell to the fields,
Farewell to deep salt water
That swells beneath your keel;
What's gone is lost forever,
I pray someday we're healed,
And that we'll meet again some brighter day,
Next turn of the wheel.

And the houses here look much the same,
Well, perhaps a bit more worn;
And the shingles gleam like silver,
As they did when we were born.
And the scent of pine and moss and vine,
Yes, and rose and bayleaf, too,
Still spice the warm and fragrant air,
As they did back in my youth.

So it's farewell to the harbour,
Farewell to the fields,
Farewell to deep salt water
That swells beneath your keel;
What's gone is lost forever,
I pray someday we're healed,
And that we'll meet again some brighter day,
Next turn of the wheel.

I dipped my hand into the sea,
And raised it to my mouth,
And a sudden warm breeze stirred the air,
And blew up from the south;
And the air was sweet with blossoms,
And the sea was salt with tears,
And the sun danced on the water,
I was swept back through the years.

I climbed the hill and I paused for breath,
Yes, and one last backward glance,
Down by the green and emeralds hill,
Where the fragile cornflowers dance.

And I stood once more and I crossed the ridge,
Of that dear familiar hill,
And the beating of the waves was lost,
Like a heart forever stilled.

####.... Garnet Rogers (Sparrow's Wing, 1999) ....####

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