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Halls of the Lighthouse

Updated on November 2, 2013
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Wind whistles

Through slats and windows

Even when weather is calm

And it sounds like whispers


Shadows spied

From corner of eyes

Floating through staiways

And gray tear peripherals


Seaman and sailors

Fishermen and crews

Trailers of past ahoy

Tentacled in foggy hues


Seeking shelter from the storm

Upon a summoning beam of light

Navigating a way home

Across salt sprayed foam


A bridge to a port of resting

O'er boulders and peril

Spirits wade ashore

Upon the tower cresting


Barnacles and bones

Deckhands final passage

Wash into the Lighthouse

Take refuge in her halls


Wave upon wave

Age upon age

Wash into the Lighthouse

Take refuge in her halls



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      Valleypoet 3 years ago

      You have created some impressively vivid imagery here Wayne, I could hear the wind and the waves of stormy seas, and see the shadows floating through stairways. A great read, thank you :-))

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      Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Wonderful imagery Wayne. Excellent work my friend.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Valleypoet, thank you for the compliment.

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      Rayne123 3 years ago

      Great poem, it kind of reminds me of my poem about a storm, but with different wording of course.

      Gives a lot of vision for the one reading this poem.

      Blessings

      Laurie

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks for the compliment Tony.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      A light shining guiding all the souls home; great poem! The rhythm suits the pounding waves and the swell of the sea. Up & awesome. Ann

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Magical poem and imagery Wayne and I love the photo too.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Laurie, I appreciate the compliment.

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      This is one of my favorites of your poems, Wayne. Its imagery is profound, its mood unmistakeable. Having never been near a lighthouse, but reading 'about' them, I've now been read into them! Excellent!

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      Vincent Moore 3 years ago

      This is a magnificent display of your gifts as a true poet Wayne my friend. I can see it all, your imagery is stark, the winds, the rain, the misty sprays that all collide in and about a lighthouse. The beacon of a sailors and their ships safety passage home. Oh the tales that are told of the mighty lighthouse, past, present and its future. The light it gives out, the beam of assurance that soothes a sailors soul.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Wayne, I love lighthouses and their history -- and I love this poem. You paint beautifully with words a vivid image. Well done, Wayne.

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      deergha 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Wonderful poem. Thank you for the share. Shared and votes ++++++++

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      The elements, the sea, the people and the continuity all vividly described and tangible. Great work.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I never thought of this before, but I'll bet lighthouses are full of spirits of those lost at sea. If only walls could talk. Perhaps they do!

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      brownella 3 years ago from New England

      Lovely. This is definitely my favorite poem of yours yet. It reminds me of the winter I spent some time on the Maine coast, all the tourists gone and half the buildings closed or boarded up...a desolate kind of beauty.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      annart. I appreciate the compliment.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Linda, it is good to hear from you.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Nellieanna, as always I am thrilled to have you at my hub. Your thoughtful words are a delight to read and I truly appreciate every word.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Vincent, what can I say? Your visit alone is greatly appreciated. Thank you sir for sharing my humble work and for the kind thoughts. I'm glad that our online paths and pens continue to meet!

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Dear Phyllis, I am glad that you enjoyed this piece, and I thank you very much for the visit.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Deergha, thank you so much for the compliment.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Anna. I appreciate the kind words.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hi, Sha! Thanks for the visit and the compliments.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      brownella, thank you for the kind words.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Another great poem by such a great poet.

      Kim

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      My old dad used to be a trawlerman in the rough North Sea - he would have liked this, and living on an island in a fishing port, I can sure appreciate this interesting verse Wayne - just one away from that magical one-hundreth Hub now - get the bubbly ready! :)

      All The Best,

      R.Q.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      I also enjoy your style. Thank you for this great poem. Jamie

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much dear Kim. Always a pleasure! :)

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Romeo, I'm glad you enjoyed this one my friend. I am an ex sailor as well, and the salt definitely gets into your blood.

      And yes, 100 is about to hit the press! It is the story of my miracle.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Jamie, you have become a cherished friend here on this electrical high. I truly appreciate you compliments.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Wonderful, I could picture the lighthouse. Great poem.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you for the kind words Vellur.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      wow this was simply amazing

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      I just had to read it again, Wayne. I love it !

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Frank. Good to see you. Thank you for the compliment.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you again Phyllis. :)

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      So many stories in those old lighthouses…Long may they stand.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      It's good to see you Deb. Thanks for the visit.

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      Eric Wayne Flynn 3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      The poem took me inside the lighthouse and on a brief journey inside the minds of sailors past.

      EWF

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Eric. i appreciate the visit.

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