100 words for Tuesday

Hey everyone… today’s topic is LIGHTHOUSE

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  1. Creaking door with a strip of light. A way out.

    Ruthless wind flies inside. I hide.

    Grasp. My hands latch onto the metal residue (is it copper?) of the rusted walls.

    The fog is calling.

    The power is humming through rubber-coated wires.

    I hear a horn in the distance. I climb the final rickety step.

    Hands accustomed and proud, I switch on every necessary button in the tower.

    The powerful hum surges into a constant note.

    I wait.

    The horn diminishes. The ship has traveled through the vapor.

    I remain, frozen, waiting. Boats keep to themselves.

    The lighthouse is ready.

  2. You know how sometimes
    You wake up and
    For a second feel
    That everything
    Is perfect?
    And then realize
    How slowly
    It sinks in
    And you know
    That it wasn’t a bad dream
    But reality
    And you’re lost
    Ship out at sea
    Tumbling on a rocky ocean
    Wanting to come back
    To land
    To live
    To love, maybe
    Looking up at the sky
    Searching for
    The only thing
    You want to see
    And it is you
    Lighthouse
    Guiding the way
    Better then a map
    A compass
    Or the stars
    You see the light
    Inviting
    And safe
    But hesitant
    You remain

  3. People have romantic notions of lighthouses–their spare-as-a-bone-ness and white isolation drawing loners; their beacons, their reaching-out compelling romantics; their literary associations stirring poets. I never much liked them. Too disruptive. Too deliberate and showy. I spent my childhood summers on a foggy stretch of the Maine coast, away from the human world–no telephone, no television, no neighbors– a place where no lighthouse flicked its rays, but where a deep-throated, invisible foghorn on the far point sang plaintive harmonies with the mesmerizing gray. A child with a fiery imagination, I would fall asleep lulled by those thick melodies, cushioned, in-between, weightless.

  4. Across the street from my house is a long road that leads to the beach. When I was younger my friends and I would chase each other down the road, running or biking, until we reached the end. There’s a long boardwalk-type of wall that’s about two feet wide. To get down to the sandy beach you have to climb down the rocks that lay against the wall- it was always such a challenge for us. If we walked far enough down the wall we could get a perfect view of the lighthouse, about a ¼ mile away from shore.

  5. There’s a lighthouse at the end of Baxter Road. It’s tall – red and white striped – and sits on a piece of earth that is ready to fall. The ocean is too close – red with tide, its waves big but only crashing on the shore, and dangerous. Dad told us not to go in unless he is there because of the undertow. The seaweed is all over the place and gross – red. It is flimsy and rubbery, spiked in areas – acting like a shark or a scary fish. We ride our bikes to the end of the road – looking up, forgetting the ocean.

  6. To the Lighthouse. Another one of those books I’ve started (twice) and never finished. I could divulge additional titles from the never-been-completed list, but I fear that that would betray more about me as a reader than a catalog of my favorites ever could. They sit in good company on my bookshelf, though, rubbing shoulders (spines!) with my more treasured books. I like to keep the unfinished rogues hidden among literary successes; I feel better about having abandoned the more insufferable ones when I don’t have to look at them all in a row. I can almost forget about them.

  7. My father has always said that he would love to be a lighthouse keeper, but I don’t believe him. He says that he likes being alone, that he would just need a room of books in his lighthouse to be happy. He wants to row a little boat to shore so that he can buy groceries, not talk to anyone, and hang out in the middle of the sea somewhere doing light-housey things. “I don’t like people,” he says. He doesn’t know himself. He makes friends with the man who pumps gas in New Jersey, where it’s all full service.

  8. Maine = lighthouses. Those cool, spring mornings gave me the chills. The excitement of youth. A car ride, not too long, but just long enough to create that feeling of leaving home for a brief adventure. Rest stops, always a line it seems, but worth it to wander into a building full of passersby, stopping in the gift shop for a sampling of kitschy souvenirs. Lunchtime, fast food – a treat, but one I wouldn’t dare eat anymore now that I’m conscious of its lack of nutritional value. Finally, pulling into the hotel parking lot, the excitement peaks! We’re here.

  9. The summer reminds me of sailing. I spend most of my summer on my family’s sailboat. It is interesting to compare the idea of a lighthouse from those who spend their time on land and those who spend their time at sea. When we stay at Block Island we bike the island sometimes and go over up to the lighthouse. From land the lighthouse seems like a proud building standing tall for all the ships; it looks like it is full of hope. But from the ocean, at night, the lighthouse often times feels less like hope and more like a warning.

  10. We drove along the coastline, tracing California’s plummeting cliff line. The lighthouse shadowed us in the breezy shanty house. The sea blew through the house and mist splashed the air with salt. Sticky in the morning. Sticky at dusk. My arms squelched, skin pealing off of skin, when I wiped crusty wisps of hair from the corner of my mouth. Seagulls flocked below the tower’s guiding light, too high for even their timid wings. But I climbed the steep cinderblock stairs to the sailor’s lookout. The tiny peninsula jutted out all alone and fog wrapped around to conceal my bedroom.

  11. […] The Lighthouse Published January 29, 2008 100 words , Writing Today’s 100-word topic: Lighthouse. […]

  12. I remember sitting in my 7th grade English class. I want to call it a poetry class because that is what my teacher, Mr. Skeljbread loved. But it wasn’t. We met in a tiny room that was too hot most of the time but it had a couch so people put up with the cramped space. There were all sorts of posters on the wall. I remember one was a photo (real, I do not know) of a lighthouse with an open door and a man standing in the doorway. An enormous wave is about to engulf the entire structure.

  13. Lighthouse is a song by the Waifs that I first heard on 103.7 FM, the Mountain. It’s got a kicky, grubby beat- like a shore band from the local tavern gone all poetic.

    The singer’s voice, when she opens it up, is husky. Cool, then hot- like the suck of smoke followed by its steady plume upwards.

    Lighthouse man I’m all at sea
    Shine a little lighthouse light on me.

    Whistling past our house, the train skimmed its tracks and I thought-
    Why isn’t there a lighthouse?
    The harbor shook its head and bellowed from underneath the pier.
    Don’t know.

  14. I have blurry memories of seeing soaring lighthouses perched atop the sunny shores of the Black Sea. With a dry, tanned hand serving as a sun-shield above my eyes, I would stare intensely at the stately towers in the distance, marveling their endurance and timelessness. However, I have never had a close look at them, nor have I ever been in any one of them. Is their surface rough and crumbly as you touch it? Once you are inside, is the roaring sound of the splashing waves intensified or is it muffled, lulling you to sleep? Do you feel alone?

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