Amy Kitchener's Angels Without Wings
Presents
THE 2008 WINNER FOR PROSE
IN THE STORY STANZA COMPETITION

SYLVIA SAMPSON HANEY
Stockbridge, Georgia

"Sylvia Sampson Haney, daughter of Barbara Ruth Sampson, 2004 National Senior Poet Laureate, skillfully used the Story Stanza format to combine poetic sensitivity with prosaic intellectualism. Her outstanding application adds a third dimension to the new format for poetry and fiction which we are introducing from cyberspace into the public domain: the non-fiction STORY STANZA."
TO ASHLEY:
THOUGHT CULMINATED AFTER GRANDMAMA’S DEATH


     How old is your soul, Child?

     We discuss life’s philosophies. You respond with wise acumen.Your matured spirit completely perplexes me.

     What other lives primed this intuitive knowledge? Angelic face, intent with all sincerity, speaking empathically; I accept my thirty years senior inferiored by your outstanding ability to grasp the truth and reinforce the obvious.

     Expressions of ideas are more suitable to instruct me. Mind races, heart quickens with obscure, unbelievable possibilities that just perhaps in some time before I wasn’t parent, nor you daughter, but instead my guide and guardian to lead me watchfully – training, encouraging my new soul.