La Jument, off the coast of Brittany,
photograph by Jean Guichard
Stiff-necked, and proud,
the indomitable tower rises from the sea,
defying gravity and all the powers of nature.
Man, who made earth herself his subject,
whose confidence and self-belief
allow him to stand idly by
while all the world around him is at war,
is no more than a step away
from utter devastation.
Reaching into the depths,
the Gods fling up a handful of their ire
and place it like a ruff around man’s throat.
destroying effortlessly all that he has built.
The photo above is taken just seconds before a giant wave engulfed the lighthouse La Jument in Brittany. Theodore Malgorn, the lighthouse keeper, was waiting to be rescued. When he heard what he thought was the rescue helicopter, he rushed downstairs and stepped outside the door. It was a photographer come to take pictures of the storm. Malgorn made it back inside only by virtue of a very quick reaction.
This post is in response to Tess Kincaid’s Magpie Challenge No. 202. To find other contributors click on the link.