Until Then

She finally surrendered to x-rays.
The doctor said she’d broken her back
multiple times through the years.
He guessed she just toughed it out.
I guess when my granny watched
her mother burn up in that old farmhouse
she learned of choice: splinter to pieces
or set herself to tough it out.
One day we’ll go back home the sure way.
Until then the landscape bends us.

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  1. Gwen Acres on August 22, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Sadly encouraging….

  2. mike graves on August 22, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    enjoyed crappie filets in your honor
    never forsake your southern roots
    God loves us all, but he’s fondest of us Arkies

  3. Annie B on August 22, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Like. Like my Missouri grandmother was.

  4. patriciaspreng on August 23, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Beautiful piece…

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