Light House

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The Light House

I dared to climb
this Baldhead light
with stones and only stairs.

The rickety stairs,
the rackety sounds,
was I brave enough to dare.

Her open belly empty
from years gone by,
smelled dampen, musky old.

The ripened stilted wood stairs
went on forever,
dirt and mossy mold

One height, two
the stairs went on
ceaseless they seemed to grow

Two height, three
the rickety sounds,
the top, where did it go

Four height, five
reaching into the sky
I could only see more ahead

Six height, seven,
light has appeared
given way from the feeling of dread

Finally when all seemed
hopelessly high,
the light reached atop.

Globe, the bulb
the watchful eye,
we had summit the final stop

The island was seen
from miles around,
with sea in each direction.

From fields and houses
beaches and mounds,
the island of varied sections.

We left the Baldhead Island
that day, sensing the past
and the sights

But, the beauty one
could not see, were times gone
of channel lights

Sailors and seamen
who knew when she signal
they were home and soon a shore

The welcoming of
the Baldhead Light
given safety; we ask no more.

Christine McNeill
© Summer 2004

Tears

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Round
and
warm,
falling softly with
emotion. To come with plenty,
only to quickly go away. The taste is
as salty as the sea; the nature as unpredictable,
understood only by you. It is not your duty
to carry the burden, nor light of joy.
Moist blessing to each of us—
You are important,
You are
My
Tears.

copyrighted: CMM 1998
Awarded: Honors, Fields of Earth Symposium
Cape Fear Writers

9.11 Remembered

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The moment within good and evil
has no time or space.
The yes or no, the right or wrong,
stares down decision ‘ s face.
 
It flew upon a twisted hope
with promises untouched.
The well spring was rooted up
and covered by evil ‘ s rut .
 
The moment quietly waits
around the fate of death’s will.
History changed because of a few,
the whole world lay in still .
 
A pause before the precipice ignored,
a cry from time will not  erase.
What comes but from the moments world-stage,
the deepest part, the darkest place.
 
 
 
©   CMM  2001

Forgotten Poem

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I wrote a poem yesterday,

I don’t remember the words

Or what it had to say.

I scribbled it and jotted down

upon old paper

I picked off the ground

Writing quickly so not to forget

It came flowing

The sonnet set.

I found a place

Behind the books

Stuffed it where no others look

Later I promised I would read

The poem of the heart

A now forgotten seed.

©  CMM  2012

Sassafras

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An ole’ tree, yawning in the ground,

grown deep in the slow south.

Children back then knew it to be

sweet in taste and sugary in tea.

While old black pots were stirred all day,

seasoned with grounded leaves of sine quo non.

to make that jambalaya to steam away

the colorful savor is still not gone.

Copyrighted: CMM 2004

Grandmother’s Handkerchief

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Hanging on tiny pegs deep within the ole’

 country store, filled with scents of Autumn.

The replica’s of the past preserved in rust
and weary wood lean against white wash walls.
 
There in the middle of the vast array of
yesterday’s wears and pickled pears

I looked over to see the wonderful

handkerchief made of white organdy.

 
I was without protest taken to a place
so long ago within a southern church.

With deacon pews made of hard wood
and curved at the ends where I sat.

Sitting next to my grandmother,
 
her scent of lavender and Jergens
Lotion, combined with the seasons
brought in from the open window.
 
 
The handkerchief was wrapped around
her fingers as they wove into one another.

Her hands laid in her lap of a homemade
dress, with tatting and laced collars.

 
Her thumbs were covered with the lace
handkerchief as she circled them around
and around, (as I watched), never breaking
rhythm the handkerchief would go.

 
The choruses were sung from ole’ gospel songs,
and the preacher would change his sermon about
one thing or another and the people would often come and go.

However, not this constant memory of

 
the organdy lace handkerchief with painted
flowers and lace on the tips always
in her hands, covering and keeping timing,

with timeless memory sitting next to Grandma…
 
 
© CMM   2011