OctPoWriMo 2020 Day One


Today’s prompt is Shine your light.

lighthouse at night

i fear the sound

i fear the sound of splintering wood
barely audible beneath the tempest’s roar
i am the lighthouse keeper
my mission is to save
i stoke a flame behind the lens
when wind and spray and torrents extinguish visibility
my slow rotating beam penetrates the foggy depths of darkness
warning of obstacles stay away stay away
protecting sailors from rocky liquid death
the ship’s wheel spinning in terror
oh let it not be too late
let not the salty water sear the lungs
wasted lives and precious treasures scattered on the ocean floor
better when the sea is calm and my light caresses the water’s surface
the ship’s silent passage beneath moonlight and starlight and my light


About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

5 responses »

  1. Love the picture. Didn’t have time to find one. My poem has a similar metaphor: lighthouse keeper. Of course style and perspective are different. That’s why I love octpowrimo, same prompt multifaceted responsponses.

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  2. So glad I clicked on shine the light and saw Pharrel’s Happy video. I love that and IMO should be played on tv as a commercial during this time. It’s uplifting and many of us could use that feeling during the day. Thanks for that!

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