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Milt's Sanctuary

Worshipping in Nature's Sanctuary by L. Milton Hankins Johnny-Jump-Ups nestle into the forest floor mosses, Along with dainty Jack-in-the-Pulpits hiding beneath The larger fronds of swampy ferns soaking up moisture From the dew-laden flowering branches of laurel Where I find myself dreaming in the verdant woodland, Edging the meadow beyond the cluttered beaver stand. A canopy of vine-entangled branches, a vault-like nave, Provides a sanctuary of sacred candles dimmed for mass A pew-less haven for wounded souls, and tiny chipmunks, Who scurry to find isolated spots for quiet meditation While grebes and gallinules make up the choir ensemble; A purple swamphen takes up the guttural baritone line. The late morning is mine, sitting along the narrow trail In a cross-legged yoga pose with arms across my knees, Soaking up the faint sweet smells of sassafras and pine And slipping into what I sometimes call my “blue funk” Where nothing on earth matters outside this quiet shelter, Dozing softly, I dream of a utopian sweet, elusive peace. Submitted to the In Honor Of Milt - An Un-Contest Poetry Contest sponsored by Andrea Dietrich Of the many poems composed by Milt, this one remains one of my favorites. Milt was a spiritual man, and this side of him often came out in his poems. Here he impresses upon the reader the haven of peace that nature can provide, in this case likened to a church sanctuary. He carefully weaves the imagery of one into the other with his word choices: nave, sanctuary, sacred candles, pew-less haven, meditation, and the choir references. His influence upon my writing is to seek images and metaphors from nature to help describe spiritual concepts in language that is readily accessible. I am grateful for Milt's life, poetry, and encouragement, and he will long be remembered.

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Date: 1/18/2023 3:25:00 AM
A most exquisite write for your fiend Milt, a tribute of deep emotion and sentiment. But you are a sentimental poet which is evident in all your written work posted. And that is a quality not everyone can feel, it varies from person to person but your soul and sentiment tell it all. Hugs and blessings, Jennifer.
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Date: 1/16/2023 10:05:00 PM
"Dozing softly, I dream of a utopian sweet, elusive peace." Great tribute to a great poet. Congratulations!
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Date: 1/16/2023 2:34:00 PM
Congratulations on your win. Your "Milt's Sanctuary" is a wonderful write. Thank You, for adding "Worshipping in Nature's Sanctuary" by Milton. Have a blessed day/week..............
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Date: 1/16/2023 1:36:00 PM
wow, you chose such a cool poem to showcase of his and then reviewed it so professionally. Love this tribute. Thanks, John.
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Date: 1/10/2023 6:43:00 PM
Good choice, John. "Dozing softly, I dream of a utopian sweet, elusive peace" that you are, we are your witness Milt. He loved to hike!
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Date: 1/9/2023 8:10:00 PM
I agree with you John, this one really stands out as one of his best. A lovely tribute to a fine poet and a true gentleman. Tom
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Date: 1/9/2023 4:36:00 PM
A fine selection John, of Milt's many poems. I can see why you selected this one. He was incredibly gifted as a writer. Thank you for sharing...
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Date: 1/9/2023 4:01:00 PM
In his own words he described his sanctuary, "Where nothing on earth matters outside this quiet shelter, Dozing softly, I dream of a utopian sweet, elusive peace." He's sleeping peacefully. John, Milt's poetry and his personality touched nearly everyone who knew him. Thank you for bringing 'Milt's Sanctuary' back for us to read once more.
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