Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Andrew Wyeth and The Mag #144 "The Keeper" a poem

Squall, 1986 - Andrew Wyeth, 
The Keeper

Worn mahogany groans
beneath my tread,
as I wipe weary
from burning eyes.

Gnarled hands grasp
ladder rungs, familiar,
haul myself up the last few feet
into fortressed turret,

where with love-worn gaze
watch her heave and roll
an outburst upon rocky shore;
a tempest passion sets ablaze
my steadfast heart.

I guide to safety
those unlucky in love,
her tenacious hold
upon their hearts, destructive.

Just as fast
she'll simmer and settle
before adoring eyes,
paint a lover's morning sky

as I retrace my steps, sink
into blissful dreams, her breath
fresh upon my neck as we slumber,
drained and tranquil.

by Margaret Bednar, 11-20-2012

Bodie Island Lighthouse by Kay Gaensler
This is for the MAGNIFICENT Magpie Tales #144.  The top photo is this week's photo prompt and the second photo is of Bodie Island Lighthouse in my home state of North Carolina.  I have yet to drive towards the Outer Banks, as usually I head to the mountains, but I see I will have to plan a trip!

I've also linked to dVerse Poets Pub "Open Link Night"

34 comments:

Mama Zen said...

This is really exceptional, Margaret!

Karen S. said...

For me it feels on the wings of love! A very moving piece!

Helen said...

... the old man and the sea. The secrets both must harbor. This is lovely Margaret!!

ReBelle said...

Glad you didn't skip this one.

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Berowne said...

Beautiful. "The Keeper" is a
"keeper." :-)

Green Speck said...

I could feel the bond in this piece ... very well written :-)

Helen said...

I did enjoy the video you recommended ... if I ever remarry, I will wear a crown of flowers!!!

Far Beyond The Ridge said...

the sea has that effect on me too. I felt the waves wash over me
very nice

DCW said...

A beautiful piece appreciated by someone who was born beside the English Channel, lived many years in the Pacific Northwest and has plans to visit the Carolinas.

The sea and her moods are part of our soul.

Sue said...

Just lovely! Thanks.

=)

Ginny Brannan said...

Breathtaking capture, Margaret. Beautifully penned!

Poet Laundry said...

Ginny took my words...beautiful, breathtaking...a piece you live and feel and not just read.

Daydreamertoo said...

Soooo beautiful!

The lighthouse is just gorgeous, your poem truly just as lovely to.

Brian Miller said...

smiles....the lighthouse has always been a great symbol to me...lighting the dark and helping others find the way...and the keeper of the light house all the more...smiles....lovely margaret

vivinfrance said...

Gorgeous pictures, wonderful use of metaphor in the poem.

Carrie Burtt said...

I love love love this!!!! :-)

hedgewitch said...

You make the sea very personal and real, as well as the man who tends her and the assorted flotsam and jetsam she floats. Enjoyed it much, Margaret.

Mr. Charleston said...

Red sky at night sailor's delight. Red sky in the morning sailor take warning.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

Just beautiful Margaret!

manicddaily said...

Great take on this prompt - lovely to think of almost a coupling of lighthouse and sea. k.

manicddaily said...

Great take on this prompt - lovely to think of almost a coupling of lighthouse and sea. k.

Lady In Read said...

like Berowne said,this is a keeper!

sreeja harikrishnan said...

Woww what a write.... fine!

izzy said...

Nice feel I got from the stairs in the lighthouse stepping up to the top
floor! All the view- clear and bright
although as you say, the job is to bring people home safely :) thanks!

Laura said...

so beautiful Margaret!

anthonynorth said...

Beautifully done.

Lyn said...

Wrapped in love....such a lovely embrace, the traveler comes home..

Helena said...

Beautiful, Margaret. Both the poem and lighthouse photo.

Linda said...

A sublime nautical journey of love, familiarity and passion. I was caught inside the details. Thank you for sharing. Margaret. =D

Tess Kincaid said...

Beautiful...I really like that groaning mahogany...

my heart's love songs said...

this is wonderful!!! LOVE it!

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Beautiful write - it made me sigh with pleasure.

Anna :o]

~T~ said...

Thank goodness for the faithful keeper! Nice.