Monday Memories: Nightly Sentinels

Big Sky Buckeye

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Silent darkness arrives along the lake’s shore

Bringing beauty, but there is danger and more


Nightfall’s murkiness shrouding any potential peril

Hiding exposed reefs and shoals that may imperil


Loaded vessels silently lumber toward their destinations

Navigating through the gloom to reach their final stations


Danger lurking along a concealed shoreline in the empty dark

Demanding the skipper to plot a course so steady on its mark


A lighthouse stands alone by the shore’s breakwater

Warning of unexpected hazards so ships don’t falter


For years, Lake Erie’s travel routes have been patrolled

Providing warning lights and fog sirens, bright and bold


Numerous nighttime sentries light up along Ohio’s coast

Protecting ships and crew at locations that harbor a post


Ashtabula, Sandusky, Conneaut, Marblehead, and Lorain

Marking safe passage for crossing Erie’s shipping lanes


A misty fog…

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