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TO BE A LIGHTHOUSE

By Margaret Vanderveen

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Signaling safe passage

The beacon shines brightly across the water.

The sentinel stands guard

As nature’s furies descend upon her,

Contemplating destruction.

She does not weaken.

Snow and sleet engulf her,

Ice clings on windows and railings.

A rainbow of color shines in the sun.

Waves pound endlessly

With frothy rage,

And show no mercy.

Throughout the days and nights

The light remains constant.

The message is clear:

I will lead you to safe harbor,

And guide you.

Follow me.

Standing in her presence,

We are awed by legend and mystique,

Mesmerized by her beauty.

To be a lighthouse

Is to be a guardian Angel.

When all else fails . . . she prevails.

Margaret (Rusty)Vanderveen

November 1999

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