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Inspiration – Lighthouse Keeping

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On Sunday I spent some time with Ali Grimshaw’s writing circle and once again, enjoyed being with like minded souls as we explored poetry together. You can find out more on Ali’s blog

The inspiration was a poem called “Lighthouse Keeping” by Kay Ryan

This is what I wrote:

Know that we are
keepers of the light

Holding space and
reaching out to those
in darkened places.

Its not our job
to judge, advise, fix
or rescue others.

Our calling is to keep
the light shining
within ourselves and

bring it to the world,
to keep us all afloat.

I wrote this for all of us who have experienced struggling and being in the dark. After all, we all go through the pendulum of life. Never doubt that within you, the light is still there. As long as you live, it is within you. Your job is to keep connecting to it, so you can continue to shine in the world, and keep us all afloat.


47 comments on “Inspiration – Lighthouse Keeping

  1. Love your poem. Its words reflect the true meaning of our existence and interconnectedness in these difficult times around the world.

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  2. Love the poem. Why do we always jump in to fix or judge. Just providing light is often enough.

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    • Thank you Kate. The ego is a controller and fixer. When we let it go, our light shines. Take your time to settle in your new space. There is always time to find your way home ๐Ÿ’•

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  3. I liked very much your poem.

    “Our calling is to keep
    the light shining
    within ourselves and

    bring it to the world,
    to keep us all afloat.”

    I work from the side that the spirit “needs” places to live among humanity, in order to touch those ones that are not in direct contact with it.
    So if you do your inner work, in a way you are opening that space for the spirit to reside in, you give it another place from where to spread, like a candle that lights another candle.

    There`s a song of Dead Can Dance, an amazing Australian group in my opinion, that have a phrase that says:
    “we form the road for the spirit to pass over”,
    I think is in the spirit chaser album, a truly great album.
    I love that phrase since the first time I hear it.

    I liked your poem very much, thanks for sharing it.
    Keep shining, and letting the spirit reside in you.

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  4. Yes! ๐ŸŒž

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  5. Loved this, Val, especially the reminder: “Its not our job
    to judge, advise, fix
    or rescue others.” โค

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  6. Your poem is illuminating, if you will pardon the pun. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I love it. xx

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  7. Val, thank you for this. โค๏ธ

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  8. It is a great space to listen to our hearts, and it has flowed into your writing well dear lady. Lovely poem ๐Ÿ˜€ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ ๐Ÿฆ‹


  9. Remembering the light is always present is the key. Beautiful words Val โœจโœจโœจ

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  10. Ali’s writing circle is a wonderful space that she creates. Your poem is a luminous reminder of our light within.

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  11. Val, this is beautiful! I could feel it as I read it. Important truths in every stanza. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

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  12. it would seem to make our life much simpler if we were to just focus on keeping out own light shining…

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  13. To the light keepers!

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  14. I like this a lot, Val. It’s wonderful for us to think of ourselves as keepers of the light. May we BEAM ON. โค

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  15. “Keepers of the light” is profound and so needed right now. Thank you for inspiring, Val.

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  16. I love this Val, how lovely to provide light to others without judgement โค๏ธ

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  17. Beautiful poem, Val, and timely, too. ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

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  18. Exactly. In answer to my perpetual question, ‘what in the hell am I doing here?’ the other day the answer was, ‘purifying the collective.’ Kind of makes a person want to monitor those thoughts a little bit better. Well done, Val. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’ž

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  19. Beautiful words!

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  20. Ah, yes…beautifully said and thank you for the invitation, Val.

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  22. Val,
    I am just seeing this today. Thank you for sharing so beautifully about your writing circle experience. It is such a gfit to hold space for your words to come forth onto the page. I love your poem.
    Just reblogged this on so that all of my readers can be lifted by your words of light today.
    Take good care of your heart,

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  23. Really beautiful Val. Thank you for being you and being here.


  24. Once again i bow down to your beautiful talent with words , the way you connect with others is overwhelmingly brilliant, thank you.

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