Original Poetry: Calling the Boys Home (Part 9)

[This is a longer narrative poem in 9 sections: “Calling the Boys Home.” The sections alternate between two different timelines occurring in the same location. Start with “Calling the Boys Home” (Part 1)]

“Calling the Boys Home”

ix.
The village of Mumbles discreetly settles
into the night. Mists envelop the cluster
of pubs and boats that barely defines
the craggy hills. A metal footbridge leads
to the first of two small, rocky islands
disturbing the bay’s swellings. A lighthouse
rests atop the second. The light slicing
through the mists is transfixing. Elsewhere,
it whispers its warning. It calls to the boys.
Come home to mothers and young wives.
Come home to slumbering children.
Come home.
It quiets the channel.
 
 
 
“Calling the Boys Home” (Part 1)
“Calling the Boys Home” (Part 2)
“Calling the Boys Home” (Part 3)
“Calling the Boys Home” (Part 4)
“Calling the Boys Home” (Part 5)
“Calling the Boys Home” (Part 6)
“Calling the Boys Home” (Part 7)
“Calling the Boys Home” (Part 8)
 
 
[Check out other original poems here.]

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