If you've ever stayed on an island

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Fiji, South Pacific

If you've ever stayed on an island,
if ever you've stayed by the sea;
you'll never return to the mainland
once your spirit has been set free.
If ever you've smelled the ocean,
or tasted the salt in the air;
you'll know you've discovered a haven
that is uncommon, precious and rare.
If ever you've seen the whales play
or watched the eagles in flight;
you'll remember, again, why you stay here
and why it feels so right.
If ever you've seen a sunset
as the ferry passed the shore;
you've seen the beauty of the island
that will be with you forever more.
If ever you've heard the seagulls,
the waves, a foghorn, the winds;
then you've heard the song of the island
and the peaceful message it sends.
Indeed, if you stay on an island,
if you're lucky to stay by the sea;
you'll never return to the mainland
once your spirit has been set free.
- Author Unknown