The traveller has regrets

George Sutherland Fraser

The traveller has regrets
For the receding shore
That with its many nets
Has caught, not to restore,
The white lights in the bay,
The blue lights on the hill.
Though night with many stars
May travel with him still, 
But night has nought to say,
Only a colour and shape
Changing like cloth shaking,
A dancer with a cape
Whose dance is heart-breaking,
Night with its many stars
Can warn travellers
There's only time to kill
And nothing much to say :
But the blue light on the hill,
The white lights in the bay
Told us the meal was laid
And the bed was made
And that we could not stay.
George Sutherland Fraser
Return to Oasis -- Shepheard-Walwyn Ltd (1980)