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No one keeps the lighthouses anymore (v2)

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still they stand
full of flash and purpose
alone, no longer lonely;
long vigil kept by wave tossed sea--
and constant battery

No one yearns desolate
for the mariner, the wavering sail
off rocky shore,
diminished,
no longer burns the isolated wick, the solitary soul
that, somehow, was security

what was lost?

the light blinks on just the same

spinning around wrong and right
we sail fearless,
abandoning the land
our faith found in a bright circuit--
a thin strip of sand
against the abyss

oh empty beacon
turning in the night
above the breaking waves
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