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When the light from a lighthouse shines for all: an inspirational poem

Updated on September 28, 2014
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True happiness... is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
Helen Keller

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This luminous beacon, in frantic search

Of the Pearl of Purpose in the darkest waters

Its light, it oft fails to converge

On point of focus, sadly falters


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It falters, its glow ever diminishing,

Focused narrowly on its own needs;

The shining light, ineffectual, finishing,

Targets not when boatmen plead

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Localizing, the lighthouse proceeds

Only with the pearl in mind

Not using the energy of its glow

To help the searching boatmen find


Place in this world - Michael W Smith

At times, it may brighten its shine

To help poor boatmen search for their goals;

It selfishly requires a deposit, a dime

Before it tells what it knows


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With expectations of return

It beams flicker, it fails in its quest

When for boatmen, it is not concerned

Itself will not be blessed


When finally the beacon shines

For the rest of the world to see

The Pearl of Purpose it finally finds

And to the heart of its soul, the key.


Copyright (C) Michelle Liew Tsui-Lin

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Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
Dalai Lama

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, newusedcarsscram!

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      newusedcarssacram 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

      This is certainly a beautiful song.

      Thanks for sharing!!! Voted up

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Tammy...wish they were more functional, though. Seems to be a little out of fashion to use them as guides, given the advanced navigation we have these days! Thanks for sharing!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Gorgeous layout! This is very inspirational. I love lighthouses and the symbolism and mythology behind them. I love this poem.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Peggy for the share!! You're really sweet!!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Came back to share this lovely poem with so much meaning. We can all use guiding lights in our lives!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, James, for sharing! Glad you've enjoyed it! Thanks for dropping in!

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      This is beautiful Michelle and very inspiring. Voting this up and sharing as well. Also rated beautiful and awesome :)

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Glad you liked that quote, Peggy W! Thanks for the compliment, and for coming by!!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Meldz for coming by! Most of the time, when we help others, we expect a lot in return...and when we don't get it, we feel disappointed. Very human. But we all have to remember that we all have talents in many areas. We should not expect too much for using them because we will be rewarded in many other ways! Thanks for dropping in!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      hi Christy! Thanks for the compliment and share, that means so much! really appreciate you dropping in!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I loved that last quote by the Dalai Lama..."Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." Great words to live by! Up votes!

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      Love to look at the picture. It looks so calm. I like the part about the boatmen and it is neat that they need a dime to know something.

      Voted up and more! :-)

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your words here are beautiful. I also like the way you organize the hub - very nice to look at the photos and as I read the poem. Vote up and sharing too.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Jools, glad you like it! Thanks for coming by!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Great poetry Michelle, voted up etc.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Mark, am glad you've enjoyed it!

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      A beautiful message Michelle.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Keith...glad you've enjoyed it!! Thanks for coming by!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, we all wish we had one and we all need one!, Mary. The ones who can guide sometimes refuse to. Glad you've enjoyed it!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Hey, Deb! You are a true hobbyist. Glad that you've enjoyed it! Thanks for coming by!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, we try so hard to find our purpose, Rema....and the characteristic of a person with purpose is when it somehow involves doing good for the sake of others in some form. Thanks for coming by and I'm glad you've enjoyed this!

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      Another beautiful and well written poem, Michelle! Definitely a great motivation :)

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Would that we all had a lighthouse to guide our way! This was so beautifully written. Voted up and awesome.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I collect lighthouses.. they fascinate me. Of course I collect just about everything.. drives my husband crazy... I love your poem..

      hugs and sharing

      Debbie

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Very true Michelle. We think only about our own needs and desires in life and forget to help others. Helen Keller's and Dalai Lama's quotes are thought-provoking.

      True happiness lies in lending a helping hand to the needy at the appropriate times. Wonderful poem that reflects on human life with your beautiful words. Cheers, Rema.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Vincent, thanks for the wonderful insight! The sad thing is that many refuse to flow in the message and refuse to be a beacon to others even though they can....and with that, they lose their purpose. I am so happy you've enjoyed the quote! Thanks for coming by!

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      What a wonderful symbol of light, protector, saviour and love. These verses are poignant and brilliant. Inspiring to all who flow in it's message and let their heart and souls be guided by the safety of its loving beacon.

      A moving quote to stir our souls. "Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them."

      Dalai Lama

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Hi, thelyricwriter! Thanks so much for the lovely compliment, and I'm flattered! Yes, we should be lights for others. Thanks for coming by!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Midget39, what a great poem! Very deep and inspiring. This is absolutely beautiful. The pictures go great with the poem. Voting this up, awesome, and beautiful. Shared as well.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks girshpuri! Yes, life only holds purpose for us when we give a little to others. That's what we need! Thanks for the read, Girshpuri!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Oh dear. I guess with modern technology, there is less use for them now, Hatter! Hope they'll shine for the occasional ships that sail someday! Thanks for coming by!

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Great, we only think bout ourselves and life demands sacrifice, which you have expressed through your beautiful poetry, great message, voted up and above.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Very moving. All the lighthouses (and fog horns) around SF have been put out of action. I miss them.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Spy! Thanks so much and I am glad you've enjoyed it!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      love love love your poem Michelle!!!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Ruchira!! Lighthouses that shine selflessly always end up standing. Thanks for coming by!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      It's awesome poem and a beautiful message. Self less acts seldom go unnoticed and no wonder this lighthouse stand tall n proud withering all storms.

      Voted up as awesome.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      thanks, CrisSP! Glad you've enjoyed it! I think it's the mystery of these lighthouses...and the role they play in the lives of seafarers! Thanks for coming by!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Mary, for coming by! glad you've liked it!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Very well said Michelle. Selflessness not selfishness...love the photos. There's just something magical with lighthouses.

      Up and beautiful.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Beautiful poem with beautiful words.

      I enjoyed the read, I voted it UP, etc. will share.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, Sasha, There are entirely too many selfish people who use their talents for their own interests iand do not find what they are looking for until they help other s find their goals too! Thanks for the vote and share, my dear!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, Bill. Many of us can help in so many way, yet we choose not to! We have ability, but refuse to shine. Thanks for coming by!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      indeed we do, and ask whether we have really been there for others or just being busy looking out for ourselves! Thanks, Carol!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      You my friend are an incredibly bright lighthouse! A wonderful poem that I hope everyone will will be inspired by. We could certainly use a little less (or a whole lot less!) selfishness in this world! Voting a bunch and sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Exactly, whonunuwho...when it fails to shine for others, it does not find what it is shining for! Wonderful interpretation and thanks for coming by!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I see more and more of this in today's world....selfishness runs rampant in this world....it is sad for me, and I do not understand it. There must be more to life than one's own gains.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Jo. I guess they became defunct when they shone for people and expected them to give something back! They would have worked better if the light shone for the good of all. Thanks, Jo!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      It is a beautiful poem with lovely photos. We all need to take stock sometimes. Thanks for the great words. Voting UP.

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      In your poem I see the metaphorical comparison of mankind, represented by the lighthouse. When it fails to shine for its fellows, it lets all down, and when it shines and shows the righteous way in life, then it shines through from the soul as well, to light the way for future lives.Nice work, midget.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      We do take so much for granted, until the day comes, when it's our own lives in peril, only then are we truly appreciative.

      Even those now defunct light houses, would have saved countless lives in their time.

      Michelle, you shine like a beacon always inspirational.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you so much, Valleypoet!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Richard, absolutely. We need that gauge indeed. The defunct lighthouses only shine for themselves though...they have the talent, but do not wish to share it. Now that you've mentioned it, imagine if all the lighthouses functioned that way...no wonder so many are misguided philosophically and psychologically. You've given me a lot to think about there!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      dghbrh, thanks!! Glad you like it! Thanks for the votes and the share!

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      Valleypoet 5 years ago

      A great poem, and a wonderful, truthful message for your readers:-))

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Navigation used to depend on lighthouses and such to tell them where the ship was. You'd get an angle on the lighthouse, them one on another point, and interpolate them on the chart. Where they intersected was the location at the time of the "fix." In life, we need some point on which to gauge our progress. We find someone to use as a lighthouse, and gain our progress in accordance with our role models. As the lighthouse served many, so much we in our lives, as we hopefully become lighthouses to others. Great Job!

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      deergha 5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      well job done...very beautiful poem, All votes up and I am sharing for sure.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      In our search for life’s purpose, we quite often selfishly think only of our our own needs. We finally find it when we consider the needs of others.