Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ode to a Lighthouse*

While you give light and signal messages
To distant sea vessels and ships
At your foot darkness persists.
Therefore, Lighthouse,
You are a paradox at its best!

Your watchman is more concerned
With distant occurrences
Than what is happening right under his feet.
Answer me Lighthouse,
Are you a building of care or neglect?

The splendid edifice
End up on a hill or island isolated
Sought by life sailors to you they could connect.
Yet, for that reason, Lighthouse,
To a distant lover you are likened.

In Palaces, slavery are reminded to slaves
And Cathedrals add guilt to sinners
Bridges are affront to swimmers.
Indeed, true, Lighthouse,
With firmness and all, you are affirmative!


Norman A. Novio
April 7, 2015
Presing Park, Sablayan

(*With Apologies to El Duque de Rivas)

(Photo: Nomadic Experience / Apo Reef Natural Park Lighthouse)

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