Night Light

The Bodie Lighthouse towers majestically above the sand dunes near Nags Head, NC. Can you imagine sailing in a time before we had digital navigation? There was a time, not too many years ago, when the lighthouses along the Outer Banks made the difference between life and death for sailors on the dark stormy sea. It is hard to imagine building these structures let alone moving one. It was an amazing time when the Cape Hatteras Light was moved inch by inch from the edge of the dunes to a safe location away from the eroding sea.  These wonderful night lights were a  beacon of hope shining out across a sea of darkness. This poem is a tribute to them.

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Night Light

Towering above dunes gnawed by ocean waves

Stands a monument of engineering

Seeking some souls to save

A beacon of light to prowling ships in the night

Specters of the sea

Those who listen… who shake with fright

Will live to see dry land tonight

Light piercing darkness guides a ship all alone

Flashing danger ore a graveyard

Of lost ship’s bones

A brick and mortar giant of clay

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Calls excited children to come and play

Or climb the winding backbone of steel

And dream of one day steering a ship’s wheel

And every night the mirror shines

Reflecting the light within

Through hurricanes, lightning, wind, and rain

Into the black of night again

Children and parents have all gone home

The dark waves pound the shore

Standing strong it’s all alone

Knowing some ships sail no more

Rain and hail beat the window panes

But the light of life never wains

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Ships toss on the rolling foam

The colossal stands alone

 

Bodie Lighthouse  –  Cape Hatteras Lighthouse  –  Ocraoke Lighthouse

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