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The Blind Sentinel by Richard Gillson

'The Blind Sentinel', Millom’s old lighthouse at Hodbarrow by Richard Gillson

Quenched beacon broods over an industrial past,
Days of abundance she knew couldn’t last.
A landscape carved out by man's hungry desires,
No longer aflame with blast-furnace fires.

The light that once warned no longer shines bright,
No ships to observe her convivial light.
The waterlogged mines are silent as graves,
Itinerant spectres still haunting the waves.

No coal-shovels scrape or pick-axes ring,
Instead overhead the skylarks now sing.
Grey slag overgrown by trees, grass and bramble,
Old railways now paths where walkers can ramble.

The lighthouse still stands observing the scene,
Outlasting invasions of man and machine.
Valuable iron once sent to and fro,
Now only perpetual tides ebb and flow.

But still she watches the coming and going,
The estuary winds ever biting and blowing.
The sun and moon pass in celestial ballet,
As the Duddon runs down from the glacial valley.

Over weeks, months and years she continually towers,
Generations pass by like ephemeral flowers.
One day she will crumble like rocks from a fell,
‘Til then she remains our blind sentinel.

Photograph: The Blind Sentinel, Millom’s old lighthouse at Hodbarrow, by Richard Gillson


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