Sunday, May 19, 2013

after the storm


In those last moments before dusk the Sun pierced through the darkened thick cover, washing the Western cream-white walls of the lighthouse lemon yellow. A Binocularless Quartermaster leaning on the deck miles away along the horizon could pinpoint course settings by the yellow blaze. Bees straight-lined their way to the metal trough below the extinguished lighthouse flame, embedding their stingers to reupholster the hive after a whirlwind day. The Keeper, climbing the wooden steps from the storm cellar with lantern in one hand and Bible in the other, took a deep breath of pristine sea air. All of his red and pink fenced-in begonias were gone. He would start his garden over at Sunrise, he thought. Dandelions waiting out the storm kept their distance, humbly stretching forward for a closer look.

Lighthouse Dandelions
by Jamie Wyeth

11 Comments:

Blogger Julie Jordan Scott said...

I wish you could have heard the satisfied wordless sound that came from my throat when I was finished reading this but alas, comments are not recordings and wordlessness is, in fact, the best compliment a writer may receive.... (can't remember who said that... my words are a paraphrase.)

Glad to have visited today!

5/19/2013 10:57 PM  
Blogger Berowne said...

I've been that binocularless quartermaster, depending on a lighthouse. Took me back to the old days...

5/20/2013 5:24 AM  
Blogger Cad said...

And the bees added an extra buzz to this interesting Mag. :)

5/20/2013 7:42 AM  
Blogger Wanda Bates said...

Very, very cool!

5/20/2013 11:56 AM  
Blogger Helen said...

This is beautiful .........

5/20/2013 12:15 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Quite evocative in a subtle way.

Very nice.

=)

5/20/2013 7:38 PM  
OpenID mindlovemisery said...

This is gorgeous I could really feel and really visualize every single word

5/21/2013 2:19 AM  
Blogger ~T~ said...

Wonderful scene. The bit about the bees is really interesting. I'm sure the dandelions would be willing to donate a few seeds to the flower garden...

5/21/2013 2:31 PM  
Blogger Kay said...

beautiful images you weave here....x

5/21/2013 3:49 PM  
Blogger Lyn said...

Such a sense of time and place..and anticipation..like I want to take another step with the Quartermaster...

5/22/2013 4:18 PM  
Blogger Tess Kincaid said...

Beautiful...I saw Capt. January here...

5/24/2013 3:04 PM  

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