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His father's ashes have been scattered there. After Martin's go back to Suffolk he went there at any time when he may perhaps. His personal ashes, too, will discover a resting position there. In 1941 Alun Lewis, the poet, knew this strip of coast as a soldier, a soldier who used to be to die in far away Arakan Later within the conflict. He has left this haunting observe photo of the shore which Martin knew so good. sunrise at the East Coast From Orford Ness to Shingle highway the gray disturbance spreads uneasily Washing the icy seas on Deben Head. Cock pheasants scratch the frozen fields, Gulls carry sexy legs and step rigorously one of the rusted mines. The soldier leaning at the sandbagged wall Hears within the combers' curling rush and crash His unmarried self-centred monotonous want; And Time is a froth of such transparency, His drowning eyes see what they want to work out, a lady laying his desk with a white textile. the sunshine assails him from a flank, carbons touching in his mind fall down the cellophane lanterns of his dream. after which the day, grown female and sort, Stoops with the gulfing movement of the tide And pours his ashes in a tiny urn. From Orford Ness to Shingle road the gray disturbance lifts its head And one after the other, reluctantly, The residing get back slowly from the useless. a bit greater than part a century later it used to be Martin's flip to depart, yet in peace, this land of shingle shore, of sea-shifted banks and sea-bitten cliff, of marsh and heath, of Saxon grave, of winding river, of woodland and farm - a land the place his ashes and his spirit remain. It used to be the time of the carting of the beet. The gale was once robust from the south-west, And breakers reared opposed to the Sandling shore. Leaves chased the clouds. The reeds writhed of their beds And within the boatyards Rigging sang the track which Martin knew. And he had sailed effectively to his haven.

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