ISLE OF MAN.
The Isle of Man is a magical place, set in the Irish Sea,
Near to Ireland and England but with its own identity.
But I doubt that I would have gone there had fate not played a part,
And had not my friend Felicity been in at the very start.
I was her teacher in Africa; her mother was my friend,
Someone of whom I was very fond, right to the very end.
When I returned to England, all of us kept in touch,
And I heard that Felicity married. That pleased me very much.
Eileen, her mother, remarried too, and went to the Isle of Man,
Intending to stay for ever; that was her definite plan.
But, sadly, she and her husband both died.The house was a bequest
To Felicity, in South Africa at her mother's behest.
Felicity has three daughters and two little grandsons too.
Yes, the 'little girl' is a granny! (Oh what the years can do!)
So Malcolm and I went to Ramsey to spend a holiday,
The famous Train which inspired the writing of 'Thomas the Tank Engine.'
The equally famous TT Race,
The symbol which declares
'However you throw me I can run.'