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Tuesday, April 29, 2003 02:20 pm

Bards of the Sangamo 3-27-03

Looking at an Open Closet Door

Sitting in her sweater,
in a purple crochet coin purse,
my grandmother's rosary rests.

Inside the pocket, tiny
pearl blessings,
counted on, worn
by years
of faithful fingers.

--Nicole Mackey


Local poets were writing about contemporary events in the Sangamo Journal as early as the 1830s. People's Poetry wants you to share your thoughts on what's happening in Springfield today--in poetic form. Poems on any subject will be considered, but ones that deal with issues of local interest are encouraged. Send yours to poetry editor Lee Gurga,.P.O. Box 662, Lincoln, IL 62656, or to with "Bards of the Sangamo" in the subject line. (Please limit your submissions to poems of 14 lines or less.)