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This Woman, One of Earth's Greatest Grand Mothers.

Updated on June 3, 2022
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Artist, actor, poet, teacher, songwriter & actor with 4,000 poems & almost 1,000 songs written, performed recorded & published on line.

Hard struggles to survive and yet prairie women endured

Savages, dust storms, failed crops, and so many other woes assailed her

This woman,

one of Earth's

greatest Grandmother's

Behind the sepia tones
in the rectangles above
that formed the shadow, and light 
so long ago projected,
into an image of yesteryear heroes,
lies the visage of one of 
earth's greatest Grandmothers.

She was a duster, a truster
a cusser and a bustler,
a rock buster, and a luster
for the good life, on her own land.

Alas she wound up under a cluster
of weathered stones marking
the last stop in her pil"grim"age west
with emphasis on the word grim.

Long past the bone jarring Conestoga,
and the back breaking raising of a home, 
and the flesh rending
expulsion of six babies, and
two miscarriages, and then the
small pox that marked a large hole
in some early settlers loves, and lives.

Leaving only this 
humble photo of one 
who I know sleeps somewhere
unheralded and forgotten
in the prairie dust
In that prairie dust
lie the remnants of this woman,
just one of many prairie women 
who struggled and fought, 
all the odds only to become 
the same dust of which she tried 
so hard to scratch out a living from.

Sweeping it from 
the rough wooden floors 
of her homespun cabin, 
and cooking it's gifts, 
from the labors of her tilling 
all those fresh vegetables, 
that stubbornly yielded barely enough 
to wipe the hungry looks 
from her children's faces.

This toil hardened face 
that saw so much, 
and found so little 
in the way of dreams 
being fulfilled, 
now sleeps peacefully 
in a crumbling pine box, 
her dust mingling with the land 
she tried so desperately to tame,
her soul in the arms of God's care now,
and her flesh a part of the land
she grew to love to hate.

© 2009 Matthew Frederick Blowers III


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