Friday, August 6, 2010

the lighthouse (i)

i walked
to the lighthouse

as i anticipated
it was isolated
and now
a silent beacon

time was
these buildings had someone
living in them
tending to their needs
and then also
indirectly
tending to the needs
of those at sea
and wishing to come home

a quiet
kind of care


there are people
like this
lighthouse

16 comments:

Kay said...

there are indeed....beautiful image...to my eye and soul..xx

Elisabeth said...

The people who stand tall, proud and alone, overlooking fields and sea. Beautiful image, steven.

I love lighthouses. They offer sanctuary.

TechnoBabe said...

Fantastic ending. Makes me sit up alert and re-read it.

Jenny Stevning said...

Oh, how I love this! I've always wanted to live in a lighthouse! Several years ago, on NPR, the U.S. government was relinquishing lighthouses to the public and selling them for $1. Oh how I wanted one! (My bubble burst when they mentioned the cost of yearly up keep which was under contract.)
Love the photo!

steven said...

i'm glad that you liked this photograph kay. steven

steven said...

elisabeth - yes that's who i was thinking of. people i know who provide unconditional care in sometimes challenging conditions. steven

steven said...

hey technobabe - i'm glad you enjoyed your visit! steven

steven said...

jenny - i remember reading about that. i had a similar experience many years ago when a schoolhouse was offered for a dollar. similar terms - so i couldn't afford it!! steven

Caroline Gill said...

I, too, have been thinking about a lighthouse [designed by a relative of 'Treasure Island''s Robert Louis Stevenson...], here.

willow said...

This brings to mind one of my favorite little poems from my childhood by Rachel Field.

I'd like to be a lighthouse
All scrubbed and painted white.
I'd like to be a lighthouse
And stay awake all night
To keep my eye on everything
That sails my patch of sea;
I'd like to be a lighthouse
With the ships all watching me.

steven said...

caroline thanks for dropping by and thanks especially for the link. other visitors would do well to follow the link also!! steven

steven said...

willow - i can see a children's book in that verse. it's so lovely and so thankyou. steven

Linda Sue said...

Yes, the people like this I think may be called "mother"...

Rachel Fenton said...

The symbolilsm of it goes so deep.

Good for thoughts. Thanks.

You sound like a good lighthouse keeper to your friends.

Bonnie said...

Haunting thoughts partnered with beautiful pics steven. That last photo is simply amazing!

Terresa said...

"a quiet/kind of care" -- perfectly wrought.