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The Island Light


I painted this as part of my occupational therapy following an accident in my garden.lighthouse



The Island light stands firm and strong

In all weather rough and raw

And even when a gale would blow

The light you always saw


Shining brightly lighting your way home

Beneath a fog-filled view

Spreading beams of welcome

Its prismatic light for you.


For ocean going cargo ships

And small sailing craft as well

The turning light a beacon

That would of safety tell


And so toward the light

Beneath a harvest moon

In calm water and fine weather

We’d be at home quite soon.


Author: Cethru Cellophane

I have reached the regrettable realization that I may have squandered my life. I did a quick count recently and figured that I have visited about 66 countries, and lived for more than 3 years in 3 of them. During this time I completed 14 corporate moves (relocations) and have changed my address more than 23 times. I should have settled on a profession that would have kept me in one place with no packing and unpacking. When I think of the time I have spent bundling my life into and out of boxes. Ah well, it's all water under the bridge. But I am grateful for the experience. At the end of the day I will be able to say with a certain authority, "been there, done that". A note about this site’s Header Image The Header image for this site is of the Smith Avenue High Bridge. The bridge was built in 1889 and carries Minnesota State Highway 149 across its span of 2770 feet, 160 feet above the mighty Mississippi River. The picture was taken from the river looking to the north-east and downtown Saint Paul. The bridge is about 1040 miles from New Orleans. One of the reasons I like this view is that I come from a city which has a spectacular bridge. It’s the Clifton Suspension Bridge http://www.ikbrunel.org.uk/clifton-suspension-bridge which spans the Avon Gorge and the River Avon in Bristol, U.K. It’s about 1350 feet long and stands 245 feet above the river below. Sadly it has claimed the lives of more than 400 people who have committed suicide by jumping from the bridge. As a side note, not all attempts were successful. two small girls thrown off the bridge by their deranged father survived the fall when they were fished from the river by the crew of a passing pilot boat. The bridge was opened in 1864 and was designed by the 24 year old architect, Isambard Kingdom brunel. It took 35 years to complete.

8 thoughts on “The Island Light

  1. Wow aren’t you clever! Puts my fish 🐟 to shame 😁 That’s so good, do you still paint.? The poem is not bad too 😉


  2. That was a joke about the poem! I think it’s very good 😊

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    • Your paintings brought to mind that its OK to reveal some vulnerable moments. So thank you for that. Maybe I should risk boring you with other stuff I did. I have not painted in a while.

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      • It would not be boring at all, I would love to see more. I am not going to let my mother put me off painting. I am going to try again using watercolours next time. Are yours watercolours . Perhaps you should start painting again, you could do a painting of your favourite man !!!!


  3. Great picture. What wonderful therapy.

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  4. Your healing therapy served you well, Nigel. Lovely picture of the lighthouse. Calming images in your poem.


    • Ina, if you read the comments you willnote I have some others which I might have the courage to post. Thank you for your support.


  5. I had a good instructor. very patient woman. I still need a lot of practice before I can capture the proper technique for water colour.


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