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The Lighthouse And Me


I was crushed
But then I felt the rock’s soft calling 
And I came, squealing and bawling
to this lighthouse by the sea;
It nursed me...
‘Til my backdrop faded painlessly,
So now, all that remains of me
is me.

Days are long,
And the vast nights never hurry,
Heedless, I just sing and scurry
In the most obtuse of hats,
I am glad-wrapped, I am verily
festooned in feasts of marmalade,
My unchecked foibles ricochet
From wall to silent wall...

And the lighthouse looks away,
I just tweak it, tend it, mend it,
And the lighthouse doesn’t bother
me at all.

Waves may gnash;
They may rattle at my landing,
But we have an understanding,
This impassive tower and I,
Caped or naked, drunk or painted,
Floored by thoughts or seized by fancies,
Or just wooing stars with shanties,
I can twitch or growl or cry...

And the lighthouse doesn’t judge,
I just tweak it, tend it, mend it,
And the lighthouse doesn’t hear my
thoughts at all.

Though at dusk,
Fighting capture by my cobweb mind, 
I’m sure I hear the lighthouse speak 
sometimes.
And once, I swear I heard it say
that NOBODY can hear my thoughts...
It’s wrong of course,
So on this rock
I’ll stay.




21 December 2018
For “The Lighthouse” Contest
Hosted by Eve Roper

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 6/15/2019 6:03:00 PM
Lovely, Nina. Congrats on your win.
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Date: 12/30/2018 7:31:00 PM
Congratulations on your win with this enchanting piece. Best to you. :)
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 12/31/2018 2:44:00 AM
Thank so much Chantelle!
Date: 12/29/2018 4:20:00 PM
A wonderful captivating result of your fertile creative mind, Nina. Your words and images continually surprise and enchant here, and I have been drawn to read and reread it, each time perceiving and relishing its delights
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 12/29/2018 4:53:00 PM
Thank you so much Geoffrey. This took me days to write and sometimes I think that hinders but sometimes it helps - I’m delighted you enjoyed the result.
Date: 12/26/2018 7:53:00 PM
Back with congrats on your top win with this fascinating exploration / personification. Best wishes, gw
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 12/27/2018 1:43:00 AM
Thank you Gershon :-)
Date: 12/26/2018 1:54:00 PM
Fantastic write, Nina!:-) A delightful read. Congratulations on your win!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 12/27/2018 1:43:00 AM
Thank you very much Edward - I appreciate it!
Date: 12/26/2018 12:33:00 PM
Congratulations on your win Nina!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 12/26/2018 12:36:00 PM
Thank you Wren!
Date: 12/26/2018 11:00:00 AM
A most creative take on this contest theme, Nina. Two lonely souls keeping each other company through all kinds of weather...and both appear to be content with the state of things! ~ Congratulations on placing first. Regards // paul
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 12/26/2018 12:35:00 PM
Thank you Paul!
Date: 12/26/2018 10:44:00 AM
Nina, I love this! Your imagination is a gift to all of us! Perhaps it is my own madness that recognized the poor tortured soul tending the light house ;) Not only oiginal also well written... congrats and this is a fav for me!
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Date: 12/26/2018 11:06:00 AM
Thank you PS! Yes, “she” (for the lighthouse keeper is a “she” in my mind) has more than a sprinkle of me... well, a feral version of me! Thank you very much for the fave!
Date: 12/26/2018 12:36:00 AM
This is fantastic Nina! Congratulations on your well deserved First placement! Merry Christmas! : ) xxoo
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 12/26/2018 8:33:00 AM
Thank you very much Connie!
Date: 12/25/2018 11:13:00 PM
Nina, a wonderful verse you have written with great imagery and flow. Thank you for entering my contest and congratulations on your first-place win. Wishing a very Merry Christmas to one and all. Hugs Eve ~`*
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 12/26/2018 8:32:00 AM
Thank you so much Eve - a very happy Christmas to you too!
Date: 12/24/2018 10:09:00 PM
One more wonderful creation, with FEELING! Thank you, Nina, for this journey of exploration into the psyche. Holiday best! ~ Gershon
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 12/26/2018 8:31:00 AM
Thank you very much Gershon!
Date: 12/22/2018 10:07:00 PM
At first I thought this was a Lyric form, it sings like the sea, such a loving ode to the joys of tranquility! (didn't mean for that to rhyme but you know how sometimes it just happens-)
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 12/23/2018 1:38:00 AM
Yes, I also think it could be sung (in a slightly unhinged voice!) Thank you Michelle!
Date: 12/21/2018 7:46:00 PM
this is so strange to me because it mystifies me (I always like to know exactly what is what and I am not sure what is being personified) but at the same time, I find this so compelling. You are so talented, Nina! The lines are just wonderful. (hmmm, is it a ship??)
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 12/22/2018 3:04:00 AM
Perhaps I should call it The Lighthouse Keeper to make that clear - that was the original title but I changed it to put more emphasis on the lighthouse, given that that’s the contest theme. Food for thought. Thanks Andrea!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 12/22/2018 3:02:00 AM
Ah thank you Andrea, it’s always good to know whether the meaning comes across - or not!! The “I” in this poem is the lighthouse keeper who finds liberation in being alone - apart from the lighthouse which, although usually a metaphor for watchfulness, “doesn’t bother me at all”.
Date: 12/21/2018 11:13:00 AM
Well written verse Nina. There is something about a lighthouse, the beacon of light that saves ships from tragedy. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. Tom.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 12/22/2018 2:52:00 AM
Thank you Tom! Yes I’ve found it quite hard to get inspired recently but like you say, there is something about a lighthouse. A very happy Christmas to you and your family too!
Date: 12/21/2018 7:55:00 AM
Nina, wonderful, you have penned an awesome poem for the contest, a sure winner and a fav for me ~
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Date: 12/22/2018 2:51:00 AM
Ah thank you very much Constance, and thank you for the fave!
Date: 12/21/2018 7:42:00 AM
Great story Nina. Its funny how we can get attached to objects and relate to them in a meaningful way. You got some lovely descriptions; "glad-wrapped", "festooned in feasts of marmalade", etc. The more I reread, the more I like it.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 12/22/2018 2:50:00 AM
Thank you very much Phil! Glad you liked those two lines - they were the first I wrote and the poem built (very slowly!) from there