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Published February 18, 2017
"Sanctuary" by Darrell Lindsay (Sixth Place)
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Sanctuary

by Darrell Lindsey

Met a man in my neighhorhood last week
who lives in a blue basement
that's stocked with canned goods,
bottled water, and old jazz records.
He had a T.V., but decided to mute the evening news—
said he'd heard it all before,
or some awfully close variation.
He joked that his disability check
didn't change with the Dow Jones or the weather.
Then he read a few of Rumi's poems aloud,
whispered to his cats,
and talked of the future as if it were a cheap cigar.
Yet, when I watched reruns of
All In The Family with him,
his eyes danced like Astaire.
He told me it was his late wife's favorite show;
pointed to her picture on the wall.
Evidently, those really were the days.


Biography
Darrell Lindsey is the author of Edge of the Pond ( Popcorn Press, 2012),
and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize ( 2007) and a Rhysling Award
( 2014). He won the 2012 Science Fiction Poetry Association Contest (Long
Form category ), as well as the 2014 Balticon Poetry Contest.  His work
has appeared in more than 60 journals and anthologies.
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Poetry Contest #11: Sixth Place

Sanctuary

by Darrell Lindsey
(Nacogdoches, Texas, USA)
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Poetry Contest #11 Results
1. Tanis
2. The Wake
3. Atrocious War
4. Old World Sand Boa
5. Dyspraxia
6. Sanctuary
7. The Eight
8. Glacier d’Argentière
9. Reviving Lives
10. Ketu