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Keep the Lights On

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Eagle River Lighthouse, Michigan's Upper Penninsula


The light I've attended for 40 years
is now to be run by a set of gears.
The Keeper said, And it isn't nice
To be put ashore by a mere device.
Now, fair or foul the winds that blow
Or smooth or rough the sea below,
It is all the same. The ships at
night will run to an automatic light.

That clock and gear which truly turn
Are timed and set so the light shall burn.
But did ever an automatic thing
set plants about in early Spring?
And did ever a bit of wire and gear
A cry for help in the darkness hear?
Or welcome callers and show them through
The lighthouse rooms as I used to do?

'Tis not in malice these things I say
All men must bow to the newer way.
But it's strange for a lighthouse man like me
After forty years on shore to be.
And I wonder now--Will the grass stay green?
Will the brass stay bright and the windows clean?
And will ever that automatic thing
Plant marigolds in the early Spring?
Edgar Guest

"Hope" by Enya

This page is dedicated to those of you who, like me
respect our lights and wish to see them rightfully preserved.

Questions about our lighthouses? Want to help?
The Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association