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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Lighthouses and Safe Harbours

Safe Harbours

others seldom guess
the real selves
we harbour deep down inside
to protect our fragile psyches
from all that thrashing around
in rough stormy waters
crashing into the dock again and again
turbulent even when moored –
we lose the rope sometimes
and are cast out to sea
roughly and abruptly
not knowing where we’ll end up
lost and alone
tearful and tentative

then suddenly
we see our lighthouse switch on --
it calms our soul
showing us the way back
to our safe harbour

and we enjoy the ride
once again


Blogger Cancer Sucks! said...

Is it poetry day? With a nautical theme?

An aching heart
empty of life
void of feeling

small glimmers of light,
but they aren't meant for me
no, not for me

Only happy people allowed
even if the grin is pasted on
glued in place

What happens when the grin is gone
what will I do without it
I can't find it anywhere

Once again, she lashes out
all faults are mine
why? How can she manipulate me like that

Something is wrong
I never should have given her my heart
So in reality, the fault IS mine

Like a sinking ship, with only a bucket to slog away the deathly waters
anchored into an existence with no escape
you can't sail away, you can't mend the holes

Afterall, how do you mend holes that you don't make
the patches never fit
the holes are still there

she sees the holes
pretends they aren't there
tells me I'm crazy, there aren't any holes

then she picks up the bludgeoning words
and makes a few more
points at them

Look, you made another hole
What's wrong with you
she says

you'll ruin us all,
making holes like that,
better grab that bucket, try to bail us all out

Hole Maker

unreliable, she says

Hole Maker

can't depend on you for anything, she says

Hole Maker

the silent tears unanswered
filling the ship evermore

there must be another bucket

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Blogger Diana said...

Now I want to gorge on fresh crab. Probably not the image you were going for, but there it is.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Cancer Sucks:

Maybe a new ship will come in for you - one that you will never have to bail out! Hope some beacons and lighthouses appear for you out of the fog to guide you to a happier destiny.

"Out of the dark..."(well there's a start for a poem just waiting to be written in a more positive light!)


Glad my poem evoked something! I hate fish! These 2 pics were taken out west on Vancouver Island lasr summer and just got me thinking about what lighthouses could mean in a larger sense. I'd love to live by water!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Blogger Cancer Sucks! said...

M of I - Thank you for your kind words. It was, however, written twenty years and countless listenings of Gloria Gaynor ago. I grew up in the 'Beaches' in Toronto. Living by the water is not as romantic as one might think.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Blogger Barbara said...

This is so true. It's that moment of fear when I have temporarilty lost the line that I most fear. Looking at water while my feet are dry always gives me a calm safe feeling.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Blogger Old Lady said...

Nice-I like it!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Cancer S.- Oh, I'm relieved it is from an era long gone. Hope you can see new eras on the horizon! The beaches?! A great area and very nice now with the boardwalk stretching for miles! Fabulous restaurants and funky shops! Well, you know what "they" (?) say...the grass is always greener...ah.. or..the water is always bluer..? or something!

Barbara: Yes, that kind of "Grounds" you. I have people who serve as lighthouses for me...they help guide me on my path and restore confidence and show that I am loved. Guess I have a high need for that! (High maintenance babe??!!)

Old Lady: Thanks. I'm glad you like it. I wrote it when I had felt a bit down and confused...and then found that some people surfaced to show me they were there for me.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Blogger bobealia said...

That's what I need! A lighthouse! Where's my lighthouse?

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Bobealia: Out there somewhere in the shining waters! You'll find it when you're not really looking for it as such...I guess..I hope! We all need one is all I know and we can all be one for someone else.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Blogger brooksba said...

Lovely words, solid message, and lovely pictures. I love the first one quite a bit.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Brooksba: Thanks! Some would disagree and say we need to thrash away and find our own way back, and sometimes this can be true, but I seem to need the steadying effect from something outside myself.

You have the perfect lighthouse pics on your blog that would go perfectly with this poem. They reminded me of this piece. Wish I had your skills and camera!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Blogger Richard said...

I am not sure if I have a lighthouse that guides me back to safe refuge.

Most of the time, I find myself drifting along enjoying the ride. Sometimes I find myself in stormy weather, but I do not steer in any particular direction. It is more me keeping an even keel than steering to a given port.

Not-with-standing my comment, it is a nice poem, nonetheless.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Richard: Thanks...I think it's a neat poem too in that most can relate in some way, even if they don't seach for lighthouses and safe harbours...maybe they are one for someone else.
My husband is one who also drifts and he is just his own lighthouse who eventually just sees the way to go, independent of where others may try to direct him. This makes him a bright beacon for me, a real calm during my storms.

Thanks for your thoughtful imput.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Blogger Kilroy_60 said...

I'm looking for the last time I visited and URL has changed and I want to have you update my link. I'm having a terribly difficult time navigating through as I am enjoying so many postings. This one is especially touching.

Fear And Loathing - The Gonzo Papers

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Kilroy: is one of my favourites.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


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