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I look and ponder, watch you grow in haste Explore with wonder, new experience taste No fear encountered as you learn the ropes Your sails adjusting, full with winds of hope. But there are moments when the seeds of doubt Without much warning spread and start to sprout Then you need guidance, words which shed some light Advice and promptings which once more excite. I weigh my options when the waves rise high, Stay in the background, tactful, on standby, Not interfering, yet with cautious eye Give needed help should threats intensify. I am a lighthouse built on sound terrain In times of darkness, you won’t call in vain. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Placed 1st in Contest 540 Hosted by Brian Strand in Jan 2019 Lighthouse Poetry Contest Sponsored by Eve Roper Placed joint first POTD on 24th Dec 2018 © 22nd December 2018 Note: This is a poem dear to me, as the title would suggest, so receiving a POTD award undoubtedly brought added satisfaction.

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Date: 12/15/2020 4:57:00 PM
This is a magnificent write, Paul. At times I think of my grandparents. More so during the holidays. I miss them :)
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Date: 12/16/2020 3:12:00 AM
Thank you so much, Angela. Even at my age, I still miss my grandparents; I have so many special memories of them! ~ Regards // paul
Date: 11/19/2019 12:35:00 AM
So NICE. As a Grandmother of a little angel, I can feel the strong emotion. CONGRATS Paul on your POTD Honor. The poem deserves repeated read. Regards.
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Date: 11/23/2019 4:32:00 PM
Awww .. how lovely to have these lovely visits by grandmothers in quick succession:) Thank you for your lovely comments and congrats, Anisha. Regards // paul
Date: 11/19/2019 12:10:00 AM
This is a perfect metaphor for a lighthouse, Paul, and a beautiful poem. As a grandmother myself, I can totally relate to it. A pleasure to read!
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Date: 11/23/2019 4:29:00 PM
Thank you, Ilene. I am sure you find much satisfaction in being a grandmother! Regards // paul
Date: 7/10/2019 3:11:00 PM
this one has so many comments on it, I wonder if I am among them, but it seems like one I have not read before. I see you got success in a contest with it, so congrats on a deserved win with this thoughtful poem to a granddaughter.
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Date: 7/10/2019 3:30:00 PM
Thank you, Andrea. I'm sorry I give you a hard time searching for poems which might have eluded you! I hope that one of these days Soup Adm will find a solution to save us precious time!! ~ Best regards // paul
Date: 5/3/2019 8:37:00 AM
Thanks Paul. It’s a great chance to show appreciation for great poetry without excluding people.
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Date: 5/3/2019 1:44:00 PM
I agree. Other contests for newcomers would also make sense; gives them a chance to 'advertise' their wares! Regards // paul
Date: 4/28/2019 6:05:00 AM
I remember reading this beauty a couple of times Paul. It is definitely worth a third read. Congratulations on your success with it and with your win this contest. xxoo
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Date: 4/28/2019 3:27:00 PM
Many thanks, Connie; your sincere support is much appreciated. Hope you've been enjoying the weekend. Regards // paul
Date: 4/27/2019 6:14:00 PM
Such words of wisdom in your beautiful, wonderfully expressed Sonnet, Paul! I can relate so well, having three granddaughters (now mature young women), and watching them grow up. A belated congrats on your POTD honor, previous placements and now your podium placement in Richard's contest! Sandra
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Date: 4/28/2019 4:09:00 AM
Thank you for a most pleasant visit and for the insightful comments and congrats, Sandra. Having 3 mature granddaughters is certainly something to be proud of! ~ Regards // paul
Date: 4/25/2019 9:33:00 AM
So glad you entered my contest so that I read this piece. Congrats on your win Paul.
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Date: 4/25/2019 9:50:00 AM
Thank you, Richard. I think your contest, or something similar to it, ought to be emulated by other sponsors; a better chance for beautiful poetry to receive due recognition. ~ Best regards // paul
Date: 4/15/2019 10:18:00 AM
Loved this sonnet and thought how much I’d love someone in my life to be a lighthouse like this. Allowing me my own choices and giving me the ability to live a good life but acting as a safety net and beacon so I’d know where I was going. You have been writing in ever so many genres while I’ve been gone. Amazing growth. I hope to try more too if I ever get to one back more consistently. Love seeing all your contest entries. Great! fun!
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Date: 4/15/2019 3:14:00 PM
Thank you for the lovely and insightful comments, Edlynn. I noticed that you not only came back, but you also brought your muse along with you! Looks like she is eager to make up for lost time:) ~ Regards // paul
Date: 3/8/2019 10:11:00 PM
Nicely done with your first place :)
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Date: 3/9/2019 9:53:00 AM
Thank you, Debbie. Best regards // paul
Date: 2/21/2019 11:58:00 AM
this is so touching & beautiful - & a great sonnet too. I'm not surprised it won the contest!
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Date: 2/21/2019 1:36:00 PM
Thank you on all counts, Jack. Best regards // paul
Date: 1/17/2019 2:28:00 PM
Had me wondering what is was all about...until the last couple of lines that is. Clever how you brought it all together - nicely finished! My very best regards to you, Paul...and here is hoping you have a rewarding and fruitful New Year also. Cheers! :) john
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Date: 1/17/2019 4:19:00 PM
Thank you for your honest feedback, John. I hope that both the new year and your muse have been treating you well:) Best regards // paul
Date: 1/14/2019 10:28:00 AM
This wonderful poem deserves to be at the top of the best new poems list Paul! Congratulations! : ) xxoo
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Date: 1/14/2019 10:48:00 AM
Thank you, Connie. It was a pleasant surprise to find it at the top of the list! Regards // paul
Date: 1/13/2019 6:45:00 PM
delighted to see you at the top of best new poems. congrats to you Paul i am sure Valentina is thrilled with your success:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 1/14/2019 10:19:00 AM
Thank you, Jan. Valentina likes everything her nannu does, and yes, she is proud to have inspired this poem!:) Hugs // paul
Date: 1/13/2019 9:29:00 AM
You look great at the #1 spot on best poem chart..congrats Paul.
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Date: 1/14/2019 7:40:00 AM
I had nor realized, Vijay! Thank you for bringing me good news:) Regards // paul
Date: 1/13/2019 7:04:00 AM
Congrats Paul- I love the final couplet!
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Date: 1/13/2019 8:39:00 AM
Pleased that you enjoyed, L.J. Thank you and regards // paul
Date: 1/12/2019 6:28:00 PM
Measured and wise words to the grands. Well done, Paul. This is the time to send wisdom of your years to those you care about. Knowing when to speak may be the wisest thing of all. Namaste.
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Date: 1/13/2019 8:38:00 AM
Thank you for liking, and for the wise comments, Greg. Regards // paul
Date: 1/12/2019 3:45:00 PM
Congratulations Paul on your win!
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Date: 1/12/2019 3:47:00 PM
Thank you, Wren. Enjoyed your winning entry, too. Regards // paul
Date: 1/12/2019 3:31:00 PM
I am so glad to see this poem win the honors it deserves. Congrats Paul on your first place in Brian’s contest. Regards.
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Date: 1/12/2019 3:41:00 PM
Thank you, Vijay; you did very well yourself...pleased to share honours with you! Regards // paul
Date: 1/12/2019 3:30:00 PM
Congratulations for your win in Brian's contest Paul! :)
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Date: 1/12/2019 3:40:00 PM
Thank you, Heidi. Pleased to see you standing on the same podium as myself :) Regards // paul
Date: 1/12/2019 2:17:00 PM
Lovely sonnet Paul. congrats. :)
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Date: 1/12/2019 3:07:00 PM
Thank you, Gary. Best regards // paul
Date: 1/12/2019 12:30:00 PM
Another win for this outstanding sonnet, which I remember so well. Congratulations on your win in Brian's contest! Best wishes, Carolyn
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Date: 1/12/2019 3:07:00 PM
Thank you for coming back with congratulations, Carolyn. I just made it to the contest and ended on the winners' list! Hugs // paul
Date: 1/11/2019 10:45:00 PM
Now this is my favourite style, I am in love with sonnets and this one is beautiful such a lot of advise for our granddaughters, just letting them know we are here for them, so well written Paul, loved it Take care.......Vera
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Date: 1/12/2019 9:09:00 AM
Thank you, Vera...such a pleasure to have you stopping by! Take care and enjoy the weekend. // paul
Date: 1/11/2019 12:22:00 AM
Keep that light shining :)
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Date: 1/11/2019 9:41:00 AM
Thank you, David :) Regards // paul
Date: 1/10/2019 2:31:00 AM
Request for the issue #4 of the literary magazine Poesis Poesis Literary Magazine (http://poesis-journal.com/ ) is an independent, international, free-access literary journal. We are an online journal, exclusively. It’s like a desert where you can build your literary home. We publish quarterly, and we accept submissions year-round. Make sure to send us your work as soon as possible so that we have the chance to consider it for the next issue. Good luck!
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Date: 1/10/2019 12:40:00 PM
Thank you, Silviu. I have already contributed to Poesis (#2), and will be doing likewise to #4. Regards // paul
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