Lighthouse Poems in English Haiku 5-7-5
Introduction to English Haiku 5-7-5
Lighthouse poems have been written for centuries in many different languages. I have written here, for your reading pleasure, 5 lighthouse poems in the form of English Haiku 5-7-5 style. The style 5-7-5 means each haiku poem has 3 lines of which line 1 has 5 syllables, line 2 has 7 syllables and line 3 has 5 more syllables for a total of 17 syllables. If you find that the syllables don’t add up I claim poetic license.
There are other styles of haiku out there. This is just the most popular style in the English speaking countries. For instance there is also a 3-5-3 syllable style. So take a look at these traditional haikus and see what you think.
Oh, do this aspiring poet a favor and vote for your favorite of the 5 in the poll that follows them.
A Short Dissertation about Lighthouses
Lighthouses have been used both to save and to destroy ships at sea. Saving ships and their crews was the main reason for putting up lighthouses. They marked safe entrances to harbors, they marked rocky coastlines to avoid and sometimes they marked areas of shallow waters to avoid.
Unscrupulous people would sometimes light beacons to bring ships into shallows or onto the rocks on purpose, especially during storms. They would then kill off any surviving mariners and claim whatever goods washed ashore as salvage. The lords of the land many times would turn a blind eye to what they knew was happening since they usually ended up with most of the salvage.
In the days of our past, knowing which lighthouse led to what was very important. Most legitimate lighthouses and beacons were marked on maps. By taking sightings on stars and comparing those readings to maps mariners could find the beacons they were looking for and, hopefully, avoid those that were destructive traps.
In modern times lighthouses have been replaced by electronics in the form of satellites and the GPS systems they have helped foster. Still lighthouses are used in many parts of the world, including the U.S.A., to give a visual point of reference for those that may be lost at sea and looking for land. Even with a GPS on board the lighthouse provides a sense of relief to many a mariner when he lays his eyes on the light and can verify his position at sea by the light and the GPS.
5 Haiku Poems about Lighthouses
Waves break at the feet
Mighty tower stands complete
Storm passes westward
Nightly my light shines
Showing to sailors at sea
The entrance is here
Flashing over water
Tower illuminates night
Harbor passage here
Shore bound sentinel
Watches over the inlet
Points the way – enter
On Pompano Pier
To the north light briefly shines
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