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SHJ Issue 8
Fall 2013

The Keeper of Lime Rock Light

by Suellen Wedmore

—Ida Lewis: lighthouse keeper from 1857-1911
I can handle a boat 
	better than any man—and when 
	I hear a call for help,

 I pull my cape 
	around the shoulders 
	of my poplin dress, plunge

 into rain, snow,
	or gale’s swirl 
	in my battered skiff

 to haul the nearly-drowned
	across my stern, 
	struggle with them 

through bristling surf 
	to the warmth 
	of my hip-roofed home. 
	
Most laugh, 
	call me unwomanly, 
	and perhaps I am,
	 
though Harper’s Daily  
	drew my portrait
	for their cover, wrote,

None but a donkey 
	would call saving lives
	    unfeminine.

 

 

SHJ Issue 8
Fall 2013

Suellen Wedmore

After 24 years working as a speech and language therapist in the public schools, Suellen Wedmore retired to enter the MFA program in poetry at New England College. Now, Poet Laureate emerita for the small town of Rockport, Massachusetts, she has been widely published, with work appearing in Apalachee Review, The Chaffin Journal, Cimarron Review, College English, Eclipse, Green Mountains Review, Harvard Review, The Ledge, The Louisville Review, The MacGuffin, Manorborn, Oyez Review, Phoebe, Poem, and many others. She was awarded first place in the Writer’s Digest rhyming poetry contest and was an international winner in the 2006 Atlanta Review Poetry Contest.

Wedmore’s chapbook Deployed was selected as winner of the Grayson Press chapbook contest, and she was selected for a writing residency at Devil’s Tower, Wyoming. In 2009, she was a winner in the Obama competition sponsored by New Millennium Writings, and her chapbook On Marriage and Other Parallel Universes was published by Finishing Line Press.

“...we have been born here to witness and celebrate. We wonder at our purpose for living. Our purpose is to
perceive the fantastic. Why have a universe if there is no audience?” — Ray Bradbury