Monday Memories: Nightly Sentinels

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Silent darkness arrives along the lake’s shore

Bringing beauty, but there is danger and more


Nightfall’s murkiness shrouding any potential peril

Hiding exposed reefs and shoals that may imperil


Loaded vessels silently lumber toward their destinations

Navigating through the gloom to reach their final stations


Danger lurking along a concealed shoreline in the empty dark

Demanding the skipper to plot a course so steady on its mark


A lighthouse stands alone by the shore’s breakwater

Warning of unexpected hazards so ships don’t falter


For years, Lake Erie’s travel routes have been patrolled

Providing warning lights and fog sirens, bright and bold


Numerous nighttime sentries light up along Ohio’s coast

Protecting ships and crew at locations that harbor a post


Ashtabula, Sandusky, Conneaut, Marblehead, and Lorain

Marking safe passage for crossing Erie’s shipping lanes


A misty fog blanketing the rocky shore this lonely night

Synchronizing light with sound, a lone sentinel’s might


Today’s ships cruise with improved navigational systems

Sparking too many lighthouses to decline and fall victim


Some guardians along Erie’s shore are preserved

Reminding visitors of a rich, past history to serve


Unique and fascinating designs still live to shine

Preventing accidents and calamities for all time

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21 thoughts on “Monday Memories: Nightly Sentinels

    • Pat, I appreciate your sharing this updated poem from my archives. I look forward to exploring more lighthouses with my camera. Take care and be safe. Many, many prayers going out to so many in the U.S. and around the world.

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