At my age
I should not be ashamed or embarrassed
of what I like.
There should be no secrets
guilty or not.
But mine
for the sake of this poem
is a love for the TV series
People might not expect it of me.
A soap based in that town
with addiction, alcoholism, bereavement,
love and loss and…
…with country music.
The music
so much better
than the viewer
could have hoped to expect.
One song in particular
got to me.
Pronounced Sank-too-arry
to rhyme with ‘weight you carry’.
The mawkishness of the music,
the lushness of lyrics.
The story dripping with emotion
a syrup of songs
a tsunami of tragedy
a glut of grief
brought tears to my eyes.
And still does.
It makes me think
of those I love
that care for me
that are my
And I quote…
“Let me be your sanctuary
let me be your safe place to fall.
I can take away your worries
the refuge from it all.
I will share the weight you carry
let me be your sanctuary”.

Malcolm Henshall

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