Here is the third and final poem I had published in Dakota Wesleyan University’s 50th Anniversary edition of Prairie Winds…

by Edie Montgomery-Pool

A stranger in an even stranger land,
With a strange, underlying pulse
That she doesn’t understand.
Feeling estranged

In dingy, yellow lights and dingy nights
Of smudged and sallow structures
That grudgingly jut into skies
Of dingy yellow.

But safety safely stretches by the sand
Where light is clean and safe and white.
This place is home; this place she understands.
So she will seek the safety of the sand and purest light.


I grant permission for this poem to be reprinted in full or in part electronically, provided the following conditions are met: 1) the author’s name is listed; 2) the site on which the poem is published is not a vanity publisher or a scam poetry contest which requires its “winners” to make a purchase or pay a fee before being published. I grant permission for this poem to be reprinted non-electronically (as in, paper) provided the previous two conditions are met, as well as 3) the publication is for either a charitable or non-profit event or organization and 4) no fee is charged for the publication in which the poem appears. A comment notifying me you have used this poem is appreciated but not required.

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