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Engineered sanctuary



The miniature fountains gurgle with soothing murmur
engineered to restore harassed minds some balmy humor.
The gentle breeze serves its menu of classical melodies
as I preside the ritual sending-off of the sun.
Vivaldi’s concerto “The Four Seasons” softly fills the air
withholding in the heart the warmth of the setting sun.
But the mastery of the cold evening breeze prevailed
over the calm reveries of the twilight hours.

I left the haven of an engineered backyard sanctuary
into a world just a little beyond the threshold
of the family den where the TV blares its staple
of reality shows and humanity’s mess:
a world where 500 pound bomb levels a building
in some far away enemy territory,
where suicide bombers deliver their message
on mangled flesh and the outrage of the living.

My engineered sanctuary beacons me to stay
but the chilly winter evening forbids
lingering any minute longer.
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Submitted by S07R06Enopena53 on April 26, 2021

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AAXBXBXX CXXXDCXD XXA
Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 886
Words 150
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 8, 8, 3

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