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April 8th JP Poem Pick

Thanks to Pearl Rook for today’s poem.

Lamplighter by Elizabeth Dawson was originally published in Good Housekeeping, January, 1941 (Volume 112, Number 1).

Pearl says this poem reminds her of a more gentle, slower-paced world, as well as a kind, softer one.



“The old order changeth,”

   And that is good and right.

And yet, somehow, things never seem

   So magical at night

As when lamplighters used to come

   With sticks to light the light!

I still can see the bent old man,

   Who like a fairy story,

Could touch the lamp before our house

   And give it sudden glory!


                                    — Elizabeth Dawson


For today’s prompt, it seems to me that we should write a poem about change. The seasons, relationships, age–whatever change means to you today. 


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