Old Grey Squirrel

As a ten-year-old schoolboy I greatly enjoyed Alfred Noyes’ poem ‘Old Grey Squirrel’ without understanding any of the implications. Re-reading it as an adult reminded me of my father’s boyhood love of the sea which, at the age of fifteen, led him into the Royal Navy.  A year later World War 2 began and he learned enough about the sea to last his lifetime.

I don’t know if it’s any better to achieve one’s ambition, as my father did, or live with a dream unfulfilled, like Squirrel.

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