The Sentry/Poetry


Daytona Beach 2014 047.NEF

The Sentry

 

Stoic, you stand against
the wind,
the tide,
the storm,
the sailor’s friend.

In faith each night the lamp
was lit,
the fire,
the hope
to avoid Jones’ pit.

Two hundred and three, the steps
each way,
ascend,
descend
the Keeper’s day.

Dreaded vampire, mosquito
that feasts
on skin,
the blood
of innocent beasts.

Crane it saved, and
happy he,
did write,
the tale
in ink of thee.

Majestic, you tower to
the sky,
to shine,
to sing
as the seabirds fly.

Of old, the Keepers that
changed hands,
children,
lovers
walked upon your sands.

Second built, you have
withstood,
the time,
the change,
done all you should.

When last the light perhaps
shall shine,
dimly,
quietly,
fade into the fine
mists of the ocean….

Shine in our hearts, lest we forget
the faithful sentry, of Ponce Inlet.

Cheryl KP
2014
copyright

The lighthouse at Ponce  Inlet, near Daytona Beach, Florida, is a beautiful edifice situated on the beach overlooking a lovely stretch of beach that is home to a wide variety of bird, land and aquatic wildlife.  It is a favorite destination for surfers, fishermen, boaters, birders, families and couples.  There is a nominal fee if you enter the state park which affords easy and comfortable picnic and beach access. There is no fee to drive to the marina and see the lighthouse; however tours are given by ticket only.  For more information on the history of the very unique historical monument by the sea, visit  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ponce_de_Leon_Inlet_Light

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5 thoughts on “The Sentry/Poetry

  1. Terse, succinct. The life of the sentry. It is a lone life up there, yet the beauty and courage this poem brings out is tremendous. But . . .

    When last the light perhaps
    shall shine,
    dimly,
    quietly,
    fade into the fine
    mists of the ocean….

    Shine in our hearts, lest we forget
    the faithful sentry, of Ponce Inlet.

    . . . is rather sombre.

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    1. As are most endings Peter. Sometimes it is sad to see a thing, once grand and useful, fading into the horizon. At least it is now a beautiful landmark and museum. This is not the most beautiful shot. I have others. Hope your week is going well so far. Thanks for reading.:)

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      1. It seems a sad ending is our lot. Is there anything that ends happily, anyway? How can it when we all know what awaits us eventually? The greatest inevitability of all.

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      2. Well, I think if one is fortunate enough to live a long, happy life, the brilliance of it will inevitably fade, much like colorful cloth will fade before years of sunlight. Old is old. The best we can hope for is that someone will recall our brilliance and see the beauty in the transformation of time upon our lives. Or, others will choose to go out in a blaze of glory. It all boils down to our recollection of the inevitability and how we choose to accept it my friend.

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