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The Old Lamp Lighter

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The Old Lamp Lighter

The kindly old lamplighter ambled about the village green,
Lighting lamps to add a glow to that Norman Rockwell scene!
Sitting on a bench in the shadows to reminisce for awhile,
He recalled many by-gone scenes that evoked a wistful smile!

At Yuletide, carolers stood 'neath the lamps singing joyful songs,
To herald the birth of The Savior to the happy, strolling throngs.
Huge, feathery snowflakes drifted gently to the earth.
The lamps' mellow glow brightening faces adding to the mirth!

Young lovers stood 'neath secluded lamps in passionate embrace.
Recalling his youthful days, a knowing smile creased his weathered face.
Silver-crowned sweethearts paused 'neath lamps to reminisce.
She'd give him a playful slap should he try to steal a kiss!

Watching kids playing marbles 'neath a lamp was a delight.
How he longed to join them, but they'd think him an awful fright!
Lamp poles were a refuge to which clung the town ne'er-do-well.
On Saturday nights the constable escorted him to his usual cell!

For nigh on fifty years he'd tended the lamps on the village square.
He'd seen just about everything 'neath the lamps' revealing glare.
Now, his soul refreshed with memories, he slowly trudged away,
To return on the 'morrow to dim the lamps at dawn of a new-born day!

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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  1. Date: 9/4/2012 2:21:00 PM
    this really does bring back the memories, Robert, and the carol singing at christmas around the street lamps in our village. wonderful poem.

  1. Date: 9/3/2012 1:14:00 PM
    wonderful, human wordcolor that describes the lamp's wonder of one man's soul in very colorful ways, bob.. i like!..:) huggs!

  1. Date: 9/1/2012 10:02:00 PM
    This is such a visual poem. I was pulled right in standing beneath the lantern watching. Thank you.

  1. Date: 9/1/2012 8:17:00 PM
    Bob H., it is nice spotting your poem today...Hope your Vera, is doing well... Enjoyed reading your poem...pd

  1. Date: 9/1/2012 6:10:00 PM
    enjoyed reading your work again....I think I am going to live now.

  1. Date: 9/1/2012 1:24:00 PM
    truly beautiful write, Bob. Wow, I would have never guessed you were nearly 82, my friend - hope time will be that kind to me : ) Have a great weekend, both if you

  1. Date: 9/1/2012 8:54:00 AM
    Robert; this is just beautiful. I could just picture it. I love Norman Rockwell, I have a couple of things of his for many years. I think that there was a song named The Old lamplighter of long long ago. Have a great weekend. Lucilla

  1. Date: 9/1/2012 4:09:00 AM
    I also appreciate the "old treasures". If we think by then, all the "old treasures" have a story to tell. Truly an impressive write bob, thanks for sharing it. oxox love / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 9/1/2012 3:51:00 AM
    So brilliant and delightful!!! I love it!!! Thank you for sharing, Robert. More power and blessings to you!!! hugs:)

  1. Date: 8/31/2012 11:59:00 PM
    Beautiful. You created the entire scene. I was there all the way with the lamp lighter.

  1. Date: 8/31/2012 11:35:00 PM
    This could describe what one sees on an old Currier and Ives print. Good wording and rhyming as usual, Bob.

  1. Date: 8/31/2012 11:32:00 PM
    Beautiful poem here Bob.Loved it.Thanks for visiting my poem page.

  1. Date: 8/31/2012 9:27:00 PM
    What a whimsical poem you have written....I can see him sitting by street lamp, in thought, so clearly. Love it !!

  1. Date: 8/31/2012 9:13:00 PM
    Awww, sweet. You've managed to create very vivid images in your tale. I enjoyed reading your piece. :)