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Tell it to the lighthouse boy, Poem by Maddie

Valentia Island Lighthouse, County Kerry Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

Valentia Island Lighthouse, County Kerry
Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

Tell it to the lighthouse boy

By : Maddie

Tell it to the lighthouse boy
the sleepy-eyed resounding boy,
tell it to the lighthouse boy,
who wakes his days away.

Sing it to the lighthouse boy
the bright-mouthed smiling smart-ass boy,
sing it to the lighthouse boy,
solemn, sweet, and still.

Cry it to the lighthouse boy,
the hold you close and call-out boy,
cry it to the lighthouse boy,
who thinks his thoughts alone.

Valentia Island Lighthouse 2

Fling it to the lighthouse boy,
the bending low and catch it boy,
fling it to the lighthouse boy,
to carry on his own.

and oh,
did you ever see eyes so sad?
blue-green as the foaming sea they watch,
stiller than still and deeper than you can imagine,
gazing to your depths and
speaking nothing of them.
so tell it to the lighthouse boy,
the sleepy-eyed resounding boy.

Tell it to the lighthouse boy,
who casts it out to sea.

Valentia Island Lighthouse 3

2 responses

  1. M-R

    I love the images; but I can’t quite grasp the poem …

    July 17, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    • Hello Margaret 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Thank you , very pleased you liked the images 🙂 🙂

      I feel with some poem you have to have Experienced the kind of life and person they are referring to !!!

      I feel (Personally!) that this poet and her poem are referring to what its like to grow up in a remote location such as a lighthouse , in the days when a family would be in charge of its working and its upkeep.

      The lighthouse boy would have been a bit lonely and would have had find things to do for himself. looking out to sea and playing with throwing rocks into the water.

      I think its hinting at the fact you could tell this boy anything as he only has the sea to pass it onto !!!!

      Valentia Island Lighthouse, would have been a perfect example of this isolation for a young person, even today its miles from any town or school and the kids of a family growing up here would have had a very isolated life !!

      Thanks Margaret, I feel this is exactly what poems are for . Its great to think about their deeper meanings !!!

      🙂 🙂 🙂

      July 18, 2014 at 1:04 pm

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