Midnight in the Sea of Darkness
silently from the shallow depths
of the offshore shoals
stolen from the holds
of a thousand sunken ships
to the broad base
of the tapered, towering torch
the magnificence of a midnight sun
in the fog of a final farewell
the hulk of a stranded ship
within the silence of the sea
yet another immortal member
of a fleet frozen in darkness
Standing Alone, Dwight’s poem at Roth Poetry, brought to mind this poem, written in 1998.
The background image is a print from an engraving by John Horsburg of J. M. W. Turner’s artwork of Bell Rock Lighthouse during a storm from the northeast, available at The Library of Congress and found at Wikimedia Commons.