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Nowadays the source of true frankincense is not so much Arabia and Ethiopia as the island of Socotra off Africa's eastern tip--a remote, mountainous, harborless island of stones and thorny thickets, where the frankincense trees were, at least until recent times, guarded by the subjects of an Arabian sultan.
When the waves were too high on the initially harborless shore, the captain of the transport boat would sometimes just throw his human cargo into the surf, lest he risk a rowboat.
He worked in Trinidad for many years while his counterparts were living the life of rootless, harborless spades traversing the globe and writing trenchant verses that work hard at warding off the tempting romanticism of nostalgia.