The Ancient Lighthouse

Updated on July 7, 2020
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Lorna is a published writer with a particular interest in narrative poetry, which she finds therapeutic.

Granite stones weathered by ceaseless storms

Rise from the strength of your foundations

Forming a majestic symbol embedded in history

Creating a perpetual beacon of enduring hope

Held in the hand of Neptune, God of the seas


The beauty of wild red roses ramble at will

Entwined amongst your many hidden crevices

As they open their heart to the morning sun

Encouraged by the warmth of its gentle rays

Reflected in the spirit of the lapping waves


A winding spiral within your outer presence

Follows the timeless rhythms of life’s seasons

Caught in the mist of its unforgiving storms

Where lost souls trapped in an endless sea

Come ashore by the light of your guiding star


Your immovable structure commands the waves

A trusted sentinel sitting atop your rocky throne

Where the past, present and future come together

As you finally reach the centre of quiet respite

In the soothing presence of the dawn’s early light


I touch the memory of your gentle heartbeat

As I gaze at the seagulls in their endless flight

Surrounded by the beauty of an inner peace

Built on the wisdom of your past foundations

Laid to rest in the silence of my contemplation

© 2020 Lorna Lamon

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 days ago

      Thank you for the lovely comments Diana and I agree there is something very reassuring about the lighthouse. Take care.

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      Diana Carol Abrahamson 

      5 days ago from Somerset West

      Beautiful poetry with wonderful imagery. A lighthouse is always a beacon of hope, to the sea weary travellers.A comfort to them on a dark stormy night. Beams of light beckoning them back home.Thankyou, Lorna for sharing :)

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      Lorna Lamon 

      4 weeks ago

      Thank you for the lovely comments Dora. Glad you enjoyed this poem. Take care.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      A beautiful and well-deserving tribute to the lighthouse--"a perpetual beacon of enduring hope." Great poetry!

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      Lorna Lamon 

      4 weeks ago

      You are very kind Miebakagh.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      4 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Lorna, you the poet queen, not Alicia a biologist, and fellow hubber. Sorry for the mix-up. I am happy for myself that you are good at mountain climbing. You must be a person and healthy. Thank you.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      4 weeks ago

      Lovely to see you Nithya and thank you for your kind comments which are always appreciated. Take care.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      4 weeks ago

      Hi Miebakagh, I can imagine that climbing a tree in a dress would not be the done thing. However, I live close to a forest and a mountain range, so we are quite isolated. These days I climb trees if I need to rescue our cat. However, I am a mountaineer and still climb quite frequently. Not sure who Alicia is Miebakagh - did she climb trees perhaps. As always a pleasure to see you. Take care.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 weeks ago from Dubai

      Beautifully expressed! You have captured the light house in all its glory and spirit n your poem.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      4 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Alicia, a girl or woman climbing a tree? Odd world indeed. Not on the part of my country. You'll be consider a witch! And odd indeed too. The inference is that you're indecently exposing your privacy overhead to passer by, when nickers and trousers were not in vaguo for the female folk. That said, a girl or lady as electrical engineer can ladder up a man-made-tree or pole, installing cables. Your poem is a joy. Thank you.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      4 weeks ago

      I have always had a love of lighthouses and climbing- mainly trees when I was a kid. Come to think of it I still climb trees. There is something so magical about that view from the top of a lighthouse. I'm glad you enjoyed this poem Nell and I appreciate your lovely comments. Take care.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      4 weeks ago

      Lovely to see you Nella and thank you for your kind comments - appreciated.

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      Nella DiCarlo 

      4 weeks ago from Guelph, Ontario

      A beautiful written poem Lorna . Really enjoyed it

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      Nell Rose 

      4 weeks ago from England

      Awesome! I absolutely loved it! It told the tale of a Lighthouse so well. I remember years ago climbing to the top of one, can't remember where it was as I was small. But I love them!

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      4 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      I agreed.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      4 weeks ago

      I am touched by your lovely comments Sowspeaks and delighted you enjoyed this poem. Thank you for visiting - appreciated.

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      sowspeaks 

      4 weeks ago from Bengaluru

      Hi Lorna, I could imagine myself dancing to this poem ..so beautiful and the words

      ‘Open their heart to the morning sun’ echo in my mind. Your gift is our gain. Thanks for this heartwarming share.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      4 weeks ago

      Thank you so much Umesh - I'm glad you enjoyed this poem. Take care.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      4 weeks ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Beautiful poem. Nice.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 weeks ago

      Lovely to see you Devika and I'm delighted you enjoyed this poem. I wrote it from a spiritual point of view to give hope. Thank you for your kind comments. Take care.

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      Devika Primic 

      5 weeks ago

      Lorna this is beautiful and so enlightening to me.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 weeks ago

      Lovely to see you Mary and thank you so much for your generous comments. Take care.

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      Mary Norton 

      5 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      Lorna, your poems always touch my heart. I often read it again.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 weeks ago

      It's good to see you Mary and your lovely comments are like a breath of fresh air. Thank you for visiting and stay safe and well in California.

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      Mary Borges 

      5 weeks ago from San Diego, California

      I always enjoy reading your poems Lorna. You captured the feelings of this lighthouse and made it breathe. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your work. Keep on publishing because we are the ones that benefit from your words.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 weeks ago

      Thank you so much Ivana and I'm glad you enjoyed this poem. Your comments are always appreciated. Take care.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 weeks ago

      Thank you for your lovely comment JC - appreciated. Take care.

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      JC Scull 

      5 weeks ago from Gainesville, Florida

      Excellent, as always.

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      Ivana Divac 

      5 weeks ago from Serbia

      Lighthouses always seemed very mysterious and fascinating to me. Your writing style is impeccable as always, of course. Such talent. This is truly a great poem! But in the end, all your poems are great, so what's more to say? Keep up the good work!

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 weeks ago

      I think the lighthouse would be a good venue for a horror movie. However, they are beautiful to look at and wonderful to explore. Thank you for the generous comments Greg which I appreciate. Take care.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 weeks ago

      I can imagine how terrifying it must have been for those shipwrecked. Without that beacon of hope, many of them would have perished. Thank you for the lovely comment Peggy and your visit. Take care.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 weeks ago

      I imagine this is where inventors got the idea from Miebakagh. How clever. Thank you for sharing.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      5 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      I realized the first ever light house used by man was the North Pole Star! This was before the building or invention of modern light houses.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Your poetry is sublime. Lighthouses throughout history, especially before more modern navigational systems were in place, served as beacons of hope to sea travelers, and lit the way to safe shores.

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      CHATRA RAM 

      5 weeks ago from BARMER INDIA

      Nice!

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      greg cain 

      5 weeks ago from Moscow, Idaho, USA

      Lorna - this poem is so much better on the eyes and the mind and the heart than the movie (The Lighthouse) our family watched back in the early days of quarantine. So depressing, and caused my family to bar me from picking the weekly movie ever after. This, on the other hand, pays homage to the lighthouse, is uplifting and quite enjoyable all the way around. You've captured the essence of beauty and majesty in these wonderful buildings. Nicely done.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 weeks ago

      They are indeed very special Pamela and I'm glad the poem reminded me of your mother. Thank you for the lovely comments which I appreciate. Take care.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      Lornm.a, you really caught the heart of the lighthouse. This poem also reminded me of my mother as she adored lighthouses and would buy replicas sometimes. This is a lovely poe

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      5 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Lorna, you're welcome.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 weeks ago

      Thank you for the lovely comments Denise and I'm so glad you enjoyed this lighthouse poem.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 weeks ago

      Good to see you John and the lighthouse has always been seen as a symbol of hope for those who have lost their way. Thank you for the lovely comments - appreciated.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 weeks ago

      The lighthouse has always been a symbol of hope in the face of adversity and I feel this is what we need at the moment. Thank you for the insightful comments which are always appreciated Lora.

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      Lora Hollings 

      5 weeks ago

      Every lighthouse has such a story behind it! Your beautiful poem captures the steadfast qualities of these amazing structures, Lorna. So much of our existence seems to be of a transient nature but these are enduring monuments to tales of adventure and acts of heroism. Wonderful writing! Thanks for sharing.

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      John Hansen 

      5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Lorna, lighthouses have always held a great fascination for me and your wonderful poem only made that grow. You captured the atmosphere and feeling so well in these beautifully woven words and beautiful photo.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 weeks ago from Fresno CA

      Lighthouses do hold a sort of mysterious nostalgia and romance, don't they? I love this one. You took me away to a sea-swept coastline for a while.

      blessings,

      Denise

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 weeks ago

      Lovely to see you Vidya and your comments are so kind. Thank you for visiting.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 weeks ago

      Thank you so much Manatita - I felt at peace when I had finished writing this poem. I appreciate your lovely comment.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 weeks ago

      I'm so glad it created this vision in your mind Ankita and delighted you enjoyed the poem. I appreciate your lovely comments.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 weeks ago

      Thank you Miebakagh - I'm touched by your comment.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 weeks ago

      I love to climb to the top of the lighthouse and gaze out to sea. I wanted to recreate this feeling in the poem and I'm delighted you enjoyed it Rosina. Thank you for the lovely comments - appreciated.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 weeks ago

      Lovely to see you Liza and thank you for the lovely comments. I'm glad you enjoyed this poem.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 weeks ago

      I'm delighted you enjoyed this poem Eric. Your lovely comments are very much appreciated.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      5 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      I agreed.

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      VIDYA D SAGAR 

      5 weeks ago

      A beautiful poem Lorna, transported me to a world of beauty and inner peace.

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      manatita44 

      5 weeks ago from london

      Aesthetic and sublime! Peace.

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      Ankita B 

      5 weeks ago

      Every line in this poem is beautifully described. Reading this poem just carried me away to some ancient lighthouse. I loved it.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      5 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Lorna, thn poem is a gift from nature. I enjoy it.

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      Rosina S Khan 

      5 weeks ago

      Same here, I have never been to a lighthouse but your poetry definitely paints one. I love the last verse very much:

      I touch the memory of your gentle heartbeat

      As I gaze at the seagulls in their endless flight

      Surrounded by the beauty of an inner peace

      Built on the wisdom of your past foundations

      Laid to rest in the silence of my contemplation

      Thank you for sharing a lovely contribution, Lorna.

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      Liza 

      5 weeks ago from USA

      It's perfectly-written, Lorna. I have never been to a lighthouse however, reading this poem carried me into it. Thanks for sharing a beautiful poem.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Just as beautiful as could be. I feel serene now. Thank you.

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