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Author Name: FreeFireHam 8 Comments
Date Added: December 14, 2009 12:12:40 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Darkest Night
Darkest Night

Through the endless night, the fierce tempest rages.
The sound is deafening, this is the storm of the ages.
My ship is tossed as each wave crashed over the bow.
The ocean depth, much darker than my mind will allow.

I search the vast distance, for any sign of light.
I feel so alone, in this blackest of night.
The comforting moon has hidden his face.
The stars are shrouded, not even a trace.

The freezing spray cuts my body like a knife.
Gripped with fear, "Tonight, will I loose my life?"
Each new wave seems stronger than the last.
Then a bolt of lightning strikes the mast.

Through the lightning, ahead I see the rocky shoals.
This dreadful place has claimed countless souls.
Suddenly, I can see the lighthouse ahead.
Hope has snatched the living from the dead.

I pull into my beautiful harbor just as day breaks.
I am wet and freezing cold and my whole body aches.
Thankful that I have survived this terrible storm.
My mind can finally rest, where I am safe and warm.

Author's Notes:
Every now and then a storm like this comes along.
Thank goodness for the lighthouse!
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Comment By: FreeCindy Bendel on January 15, 2010 10:26:28 PM Report
where would we all be in not for those lighthouses that shine light to us in our darkest hours.
great writing....certainly your imagery is seen and felt...and a wonderful metaphor indeed.

Comment By: FreeAmber P on December 30, 2009 09:53:03 PM Report
I agree with the last comment; the rhyming is exquisite.  I'm a pretty big fan of the imagery going on here as well.  Splendid write.
Comment By: Freeobohwemu o. kennedy on December 27, 2009 03:14:57 AM Report

i love ur rhming scheme!thumps up!

Comment By: FreeTanya Harrison on December 15, 2009 05:00:23 PM Report
Love the lighthouses.  Nice to read a poem about them.  Great imagery in every line.
Comment By: FreeShe Whispers on December 15, 2009 12:56:43 AM Report
Oh , I could just go on and on about this poem... BUt we all need a light house to keep us off the rocks....
Comment By: FreeLinda Jo on December 14, 2009 09:23:38 PM Report
your words strike me with such power of the it a literal storm made more powerful and fear inspiring as one is helplessly tossed upon the waves?...or is it a symbolic storm?...troubles and terrors in the night...whatever trials life throws at us...physical, mental, emotional, spiritual...etc...your rhymes and rythmn are excellent and add to the significance of this piece!  Nice job, Ham.
Comment By: FreeSavannah Ollar Jordan on December 14, 2009 02:58:04 PM Report
I could feel the cold and the fear..nice write...and aren't we all searching for the lighthouse???  Yes.    Thanks again for sharing this write.  
Comment By: FreeBarbara Demasson on December 14, 2009 02:20:52 PM Report
What an extreme storm...brrr...I felt cold even reading this. I think it was the "freezing spray" that did it. I feel urgency when I read this...souls desperate for their lives. Good stuff Harold!




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