The Green Light On The Dock

I wonder from where
Could I gather such fare
To take me from this rock
Over the bay to that dock
Where shines that light
Bright green all night.

Shall I embrace the waves?
My yearning heart craves
Or a breeze shall I become
To fly to the only one
Where shines that light
Bright green all night.

Memories have not faded
A little, in years jaded
But for courage I strive
A little, for me to arrive
Where shines that light
Bright green all night.

I throw the alms I own
And the fame I have sown
For a sight with your eyes
So I can cease my sighs
Where shines that light
Bright green all night.

This poem is inspired by the character of Gatsby from the 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald titled “The Great Gatsby”. The green light is an electric lamp at the end of Daisy and Tom Buchanan’s boat dock.  Because the Buchanans’ mansion is direct across the bay from Gatsby’s mansion, Gatsby can always see the green light. In the first part of the novel, the green light represents a symbol of hope for Gatsby. He stares at it obsessively while dreaming to recover the lost love of Daisy.

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