44839: Poetry From a Zip Code (2017)

Another of the poems, written by this pedometer geek, was the poem, “Sanctuary.” It, too, was chosen to be in the first anthology, 44839: Poetry From a Zip Code, which was published by Drinian Press, LLC in conjunction with the Huron Public Library and the city’s Poet Laureate program. It is as follows:


White steeple church

provides sanctuary,

even to nesting birds.


Yet, not for all.


A predator lurks, stalking, killing

gulls mostly, leaving behind

a bird foot, or bloodied feathers, and

once, two wings connected

by a bit of sinew.

Somehow, appropriate looking like

angels’ wings.

~Nancy Brady, 2017

Each year since the poetry contest began, the contest and its anthology has only grown. More poets are submitting, and the number of the poems has increased. Some poets have submitted poems every year, while others have only submitted once or twice.  Each year, though, new poets emerge from the grassroots. The irony of it all is that the original proposal was to be a one-off, but because of the success of the contest, the readings, and the anthology, poetry is flourishing in the city of 8,000 people.




About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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2 Responses to 44839: Poetry From a Zip Code (2017)

  1. Jules says:

    Sanctuary… we would like to believe that nature can be a sanctuary- truth be told nature is a continuous fight for life. As is I think humanity. Not all places of worship accept others.

    A comic in the paper wasn’t really all that funny today: Mother Goose and Grimm (two characters talking): basically; “….(we’ve had) to stay inside for five weeks.”
    “Now there is no pollution, no greenhouse effects and our rivers and lakes are clean and clear.”
    “Yeah…we have met the enemy and he is US”.

    It is a good thing I think your local poetry contest has grown. Poetic voices matter 😉 Our area has some different things I entered throughout the years. But I never placed in contests, anyway. I did have some haiku in the local paper’s online and paper magazine a few times.

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    • Love the Mother Goose & Grimm cartoon. It is sadly true that with the closures with less cars on the road, planes in the air, etc. that our world is getting a bit cleaner.

      Since I wrote that poem, we have discovered that there is a Cooper’s hawk that lives nearby. It likes to pick off birds that come to the different feeders.(I guess they really ARE bird feeders.) It takes them down the street (I have seen a trail of feathers from here to there), and that is where I see many of the bird parts (lying on the sidewalk or on the church’s grass). I have to say that the two wings were nearly unblemished and pristine except for the fact that a gull died in the process. That the piece of muscle was the only thing holding them together.

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