Island Tales

Island Tales
by
Deborah Eker
I am introducing the reader to an enormous island off the coast of Spain. A colony of writers lives on one side of its seemingly pristine terrain. A lighthouse stands on a promontory with jagged cliffs on the island’s north end. As the lighthouse keeper guides sailors across the wild ocean, he is the seafarers’ best friend. Writers who comprise the colony have left their friends and families to write in peace. Peace they have found among the island’s foliage, shrubs, and trees. Another island nearby is a mystery of creation. It begs the question of whether there was ever any habitation. Nearby this island is another island that is not so serene. An island that should best be not seen. Read on to learn the details of the lighthouse and of these islands without fail. You will find them an interesting tale.

The lighthouse on the Island is located on coastal cliffs of a high rocky promontory. The keeper can tell many an interesting story. The building is fastened into the escarpment with gigantic nails. A lonely job it is, attractive only to males. It is a very high building reaching up into the stars. Not only boat captains see it, but also drivers in their cars. From the entrance, stairs lead to the living quarters of the keeper. Neon lights flash over waters for many miles around. Boats can sail past the lighthouse knowing they are safe and sound. It is located not far from a village where the keeper can buy provisions. He needs a steady supply of food because he has to make important decisions. Boat captains know his appearance and his name. They know his instructions will always be the same. The lighthouse has also been a witness to sea battles and wars. Cannonballs and hand grenades have left gigantic sores in the walls. High winds and sharks have provided many a watery grave. Smooth gliding cliffs have no perch for a sailor to use in order to save himself. Once upon a time, pirates hijacked the lighthouse and captured the lighthouse keeper. He was only rescued when a stray villager went in and activated the beeper. The seas hold stories of adventure and mystery. While he is watching from his perch in the sky, the keeper has seen all kinds of history.

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Island Tales

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Deborah Eker has a degree in library science and is an avid reader. She has also worked as a newspaper reporter and has had numerous articles published. She has had poems and stories published in Canadian Stories and in a variety of other magazines and anthologies.
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