Standing Alone

the Boddie Lighthouse at Nags Head NC 001 (2)

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
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
Ships toss on the rolling foam
The colossal stands alone

the Boddie Lighthouse at Nags Head NC 001 (2)

Photo of the Boddie Lighthouse near Nags Head, NC

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

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35 thoughts on “Standing Alone

  1. I am also a fan of lighthouses and lighthouse poems – we need more! Now I have that song going through my head, ‘I Wanna to Marry a Lighthouse Keeper’!
    The are some stunning lines and phrases in this poem, Dwight, that really caught my eye. I love ‘dunes gnawed by ocean waves’, ‘specters of the sea’, ‘the winding backbone of steel’ and ‘the colossal stands alone’, which sounds quite bleak. I also love the lines:
    ‘Flashing danger ore a graveyard
    Of lost ship’s bones
    A brick and mortar giant of clay’.

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  2. Really enjoy the rhyme and the feel. Nicely done. I have vacationed many a time on those outer banks, long time ago.
    Suggestion: Billy Collins uses the expression “Valet Title” to describe one of many tools to make a poem accessible — friendly to the reader instead of a puzzle. Without a picture, your poem would have been an unnecessary, and for me, unpleasant puzzle. So a title like Nags Head Lighthouse, or something like that, would have acted as a valet, guiding the reader into the rest of the journey of the poem. Your poems are usually very accessible and so I enjoy them for that reason — and this picture was a great way of guiding us in, but if you publish this without a pic, that would be my suggestion.

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