A song came into my mind and heart tonight
and I cannot explain how
it suddenly lit up the night
except to say, as a child
the lyrics always made me feel safe and warm,
made me know I could weather any storm
as long as the old lamplighter
was still hangin ‘round town.
"His snowy hair, was so much brighter,
beneath the candle glow.
The old Lamplighter
Of long, long, ago."
It was written by Sammy Kaye(1944),
made famous by Bing Crosby,
and sung by many others.
I remember my dad singing this tune to me
when I was knee-high to a grasshopper
(one of his favorite sayings).
Funny, but my father also wrote poetry,
most of which disappeared long, long ago,
thrown haphazardly into the trash cans
that lined his gypsy-like life’s pathway.
But I was given one he wrote about how sad he was
when my mother kicked him out of her life.
I’ve attempted many times to incorporate it
within song lyrics, but have never yet
finished the song to my satisfaction.
Maybe, some day,
if some day ever comes.
It’s amazing what a few words can do.
But then, why am I telling you?
It’s obvious, you already believe in poetry.
And tonight, the Old Lamplighter
of long long ago,
has re-lit a long-hidden lamp.