Six lights on opposite shore
Blinking out of sync
Saying they’re lonely
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.
Notes to this poem…
First poem written in 2021!
I was standing on the wharf by the beach in Point Pleasant Park in the middle of my run, in the dark of winter evening, to stop, slow things down, and enjoy nature, when I noticed this beautiful phenomena that might not be a regularity. I’ve stood at this place and had this moment a couple of dozen times this fall and winter, and I had never noticed this.
The across the harbour from me is mostly dark, in the direction I look out to from this point. There’s usually a light or two, which had me thinking of how lonely it must be out there if people lived where these lights were located. That is, if they were lights from homes or outside of them, and not just beacon lights. This night, though, there were literally a few more lights, but they were slowly blinking, maybe randomly, maybe not but at odd repetitive intervals to seem random among the six of them, with none being yellow or white as may be from a home or yard of a home.
I don’t know what these lights belonged to, but their sights reminded me of light signals being transmitted, perhaps Morse code in the old days though I know this was not Morse code. And with signals came the curiosity about the message being relayed. Without a lot of time to think, the first thing I could think of was them letting the world know how lonely they were, all six of those lights spread out between what I would guess as being about 10-15 miles of dark shoreline, with contrast of a city only a few miles away from the last one to the left.
The R-series poems were composed while I was out running, in an effort to find time for writing in a life that is always getting busier.