Galloping Grim Reaper


Like a bursting sunrise birth exploded
To a poverty laden, rural young South Dakota woman
Herself as fragile as the casing of a goose berry.
Chasing her in four rotations of the Earth
the Galloping Grim Reaper lifted her away.
Leaving behind an orphaned, determined child
Like Collette of Les Miserables.
Surviving in allies on the garbage of Custer, S Dakota
Mercifully adopted by praying Aunt and Uncle
in the winds, the wheat and the corn
Of Wisconsin and South Dakota.
Forty years clothed as a United Methodist clergywoman
Breathing for the unvoiced, marginalized, spat upon
While juggling raising two sons and being a wife
Today, beyond 75 years
Each sunrise is greeted in silent shouting gratitude
Each sunset honored with a humble bow
While expectedly and laughingly awaiting
The Galloping Grim Reaper

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