27 July 2017

SAVING BEACONS - PEI LIGHT HOUSES


So the second day into our vacation trip, one of  the kids suggested that we should travel around to see some lighthouses. The girlfriend and I looked at each other and said what a good idea! So next thing you know we were on an adventure, on the tour of the lighthouses along the south eastern shore of PEI, starting with Panmure Island.



Panmure Island Lighthouse
Panmure Island Lighthouse is the oldest wood structure lighthouse in Canada, being built in 1853.

With not boring you with historical facts, about timelines and the enteric details  as most who go visit don't really pay too much attention to it. If you are one who does that's awesome to take an interest in history and you can click here to learn more.
For the remainder, you should rather take the moment to image two things I thought was interesting on this tour. So first, what was like to be the keeper of a lighthouse? Living, working, raising a family around this shiny white beacon. Must have both a great honour and responsibility to hold this job. Just try it and role play in your head being there while visiting, it kind of brings a different perspective to your memories.
Now the other piece I wanted you to image about. While visiting these light houses, a common enemy threaten these historical sites. The erosion of the costal lines on PEI is a real problem as is eroding at an average rate of 46 cm every year and some place up to 2 m per year, which is around double of the costal average including two of the lighthouses we visited that day (Panmure and Wood Island). I know no stats either, but it puts the erosion into perspective to how much the coastal lines have changed over the years.

So the poem below is something I wrote to reflect these important icons in our culture and history, that saved so many lives then and now:


"SWELLS OF OMINOUS WALLS
ENGULF AND CAST DOWN
DEATH TO WEARY SEAGULLS.

WHEN ALL SEEMS LOST; AND
EULOGIES ARE WRITTEN DOWN
AN ANGEL OF LIGHT SHINES.

STREAKING ACROSS WHITE
BLINDLING IN NIGHT SKY
HOPE BECOMES WITH IN REACH.

SONGS FROM HALLS
RISE IN SUCH AN OCCASION
AS BILLOWED SAILS VEER.

PERSEVERANCE, SKILL; AND
A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK
BRINGS HOME SAILORS.

ALL BECAUSE OF KEEPERS ON WATCH
HAVE THE LATERNS LIT
BRING HOME THE LIST AND WEARY."


So image now being able to fast forward and watch over the years the costal erosion, its actually pretty scary if you think about it. Your hose being swallowed up by the ocean waters.
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1 comment:

  1. Exceptional blog ~ beautiful reflective poetry appropriately written to apply into life's perspectives!

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