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By the Light of a Barn Lantern

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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 03-05-2000 01:48 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

By the Light of a Barn-Lantern

The air had scents of summer rain
The oak had swaying limb
And I had frightening thoughts of the
Impending storm within

The lawn turned black as evening came
The woods were blacker still
The little log house nestled in
Against the wooded hill

And then the first bright bolt of lightening
Speared the nearby trees
Then thunder clapped and shook the earth
And brought me to my knees

How could this house of stuccoed log
Aged hundred years or more
And painted white with roof of tin
Withstand the rage of Thor

But I was only eight years old
And frightened to the bone
This place with stream of rainbow trout
No longer seemed my home

The great oak tree took monstrous shape
The woods were not my friend
And I could but imagine this
To be the planetís end

But he sat calmly on the porch
With ink pen in his hand
And never stopped from scrolling words
That flowed at his command

For he was writing poetry
His mind was lost at sea
He never once took notice
Of the fright inside of me

The porch light dimmed and then went black
But in the flash of Thor
He slowly made his way towards
The old wood cellar door

Then moments later he emerged
With barn-lantern alit
And went back to the sheltered porch
Where he would always sit

No roar of thunder, wind of gale
Detracted from his chore
For he was writing poetry
In midst of thunderous roar

The rains came down and drowned
The summer evening serenade
Of crickets, bats and tree frogs
Who were silenced in the glade

I stood and watched my fathers hands
In glow of lantern light
And somehow felt his calm and warmth
Through terrors of the night

A warming blanket sheltered coolness
From the pouring rage
Then suddenly he looked my way
And handed me the page

And as I read the lines he wrote
Of lovely poetry
My tears reflected lanternís glow
For this was meant for me

It said no storm or hurricane
Or mighty hand of Thor
Could ever take me from his side
Heíd love me ever more

Donít ever  fret, my little one
Please know youíre safe and warm
For God will always be here and
Protect you from the storm

The rains then stopped, but heavy droplets
Puttered in  the dark
Dropping off the locust leaf
And limbs of maple bark

I still can see his face that night
In soft glow of the lantern's light

Elizabeth Santos




[This message has been edited by Elizabeth Santos (edited 03-05-2000).]
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Severn
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1 posted 03-05-2000 01:53 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Heart-warming my friend...lovely.

How you doing, hon? (I am sneaking in a little time today...)

K

 'Writing sharpens life;
life enriches writing'
Sylvia Plath
Elizabeth Santos
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2 posted 03-05-2000 02:03 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Severn, Where have you been hiding?
Let me know if your e-mail's the same
Thanks for reading in the middle of our night
2:00 AM here
Liz
Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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Tears, tears, oh, this is exquisite!  What a memory, and how perfectly worded!  I was there, I watched, I felt, I heard, I saw.  I saw the lightening, and then the flickering of that lantern.   And I knew the magic of your father's confidence; his love of poetry, and love of you.  Thank you for sharing this wonderful poem.  Strong, powerful.  You should publish this one.

Marge Tindal
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4 posted 03-05-2000 02:57 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Lizzie, my friend~
What a lovely, lovely piece.
The images jumped off the page.
You've shared a moment of perfection.
Thank you, lovely lady.
~*Marge*~


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hoot_owl_rn
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Okay Liz...you got me crying first thing this morning....this was so heartwarmingly touching. A wonderful show of love of a father for his daughter  
Poet deVine
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6 posted 03-05-2000 09:35 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

What a lovely memory! I'm all warm and cozy now....love this one, Elizabeth.    
Elizabeth Santos
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7 posted 03-05-2000 09:35 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Rosemary,
Very sweet and kind words from an admired poet. Thank you very much
Liz

Marge,
You, who are in tune with the forces of nature, would like this. Thanks, Marge
Liz

Hoot,
Your tears tell me you liked it. Thank you.
Liz
Elizabeth Santos
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8 posted 03-05-2000 09:37 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Dear PDV,
If it made you warm, it was worth the effort
Thanks,
Liz
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9 posted 03-05-2000 09:51 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

And all it took was him telling you were safe for you to know that it was so.... for such is the faith daughters have in their fathers. *S* This is beautiful, Elizabeth! *S*
Seymour Tabin
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10 posted 03-05-2000 10:19 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Elizabeth, You never cease to amaze me.
A wonderful piece of poetry. Love Sy
Compgirl
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11 posted 03-05-2000 10:28 AM       View Profile for Compgirl   Email Compgirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Compgirl

My heart ws beating wildly on that story. From beginning to end. Tears formed in my eyes. I was captured through out the whole poem. The ending was purfect. The entire poem was perfect. Lets keep this one on top!!
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Dear Madam,

I love the essence of the woman you are.

Captain


Denise
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13 posted 03-05-2000 10:39 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

I am in tears here, Elizabeth....how touching....the child had no idea that the father was writing for her....oh, how I love this one! It truly reflects the heart of a wonderful father!

Denise
Martie
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Liz, I was moved to tears by this wonderful poem...just amazing my sweet friend.
Elizabeth Santos
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15 posted 03-05-2000 12:23 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Suthern,
There's something special about the relationship between a father and daughter. Thanks for the comments
Sy,
Strange that I would say the same about you. And thank you for the wonderful
Compgirl,
I'm glad you liked the poem. Thank you.
Wave,
Your comment means much more than any about a poem.And I thank you for this.
Denise,
He was a loving father. Thanks for the tears.
Martie,
You, Denise, hoot, Rosemary and Compgirl should get together and just have a good cry! I never saw so many tears.
Thanks, dear friend. Your coments and your tears mean so much to me.
Liz
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16 posted 03-05-2000 03:23 PM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

This was a beautiful poem, Liz. I could really relate to resting in the peace of writing during the storm of life. Keep up the great work!  

 "To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world"
Elizabeth Santos
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17 posted 03-05-2000 04:04 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Lovebug, I read your poem in the teen forum, and it is wonderful.I hope more adults will take a look at that forum. You are great at free verse.
Liz
 
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