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The Lighthouse Keeper

It rises from the peninsula like a black, rounded obelisk, jutting through the fog, lifting but a memory of its once bright light to sparkle

the distant, salt-stung eyes of tired seamen. The local children swear on crossed hearts that his ghost still haunts its dark interior, tending the light, guiding gaunt mariners

he knows he'll never meet to the momentary safety of the harbor. On moonless nights, in their dreams, the children faintly see the swaying lantern of his final trek

down the steep spiral staircase of his life as he lumbers toward the ink black sea, the children jerking in their sleep to the thudding of his peg leg on each steel step,

knocking on the door of heaven.

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