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Golden Sanctuary

(Response to Composite Photograph
by Jay Ressler with the same name)

An empty yellow chair,
A charcoal grill gone cold,
The grass still green with summer-
But it slipped away as we blinked;
We draw inward and wrap a cloak
Of the old joy around us;
Lonely now in this cool place
We pray for one more spring.

-Judith R. Robinson