“Lighthouse Keeping”

Seas pleat
winds keen
fogs deepen
ships lean no
doubt, and
the lighthouse
keeper keeps
a light for
those left out.
It is intimate
and remote both
for the keeper
and those afloat.

© Kay Ryan. This poem is excerpted from The Best of It: New and Selected Poems and is reprinted with permission of the author and Grove Press.

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