Monhegan Island Lighthouse, Maine
"The Monhegan Island Light" (a poem by Tom W. Taylor, former president of the Florida Lighthouse Association written at age 14) There on an isle that is “backed like a whale” A lighthouse beckons with many a tale. Steadfastly around it I often would walk And wished in my heart it really could talk. Hours of childhood beneath it I spent; My heart was full with the comfort it lent. That smiling light showed me how to go; For me, that would always be something to know. ‘Twas located high on a steep rocky hill. Seeing that light would just give me a thrill. That massive glass lens, so strong and bright. Seemed always to bring me to whatever was right. The waves could pound, the storms shout shrill, But I could always count on that light on the hill. And always on the black, darkest night All else would be lost except that strong light. Gray granite rock so hard and strong Caused that lighthouse to last so long. Alas for more than a hundred years She still saves people from shedding tears. You see, the reason the people she saved Was because of the Keepers who worked and slaved. So that the light might ever shine free To save all people like you and me. So here’s a rhyme to that light on the isle, May it always beam forth and make me smile. I love that old lighthouse high on its hill, May it remain forever and continue on still.