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Laura Ingalls in My Prairie Town

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April 1, 2021
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She keeps her eye on the mud, the bruised

earth, a bite of terrain, the pavement

furrowing the prairie like a throat

choked on a rock. As tough, as mineral,

her belief that land returns to itself,

a surprise to everyone to see the soft arms

of a woman against a plow

here, again. On my porch, a purple finch

hugs the feeder, the cool metal hoop

as soft as a branch to the claw.

Feathers martyr the sidewalk.

Renee Emerson
Renne Emerson is the author of Threshing Floor (Jacar Press 2016) and Keeping Me Still (Winter Goose Publishing 2014). She is an adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan, homeschools her five children, and blogs about poetry and grief at www.reneeemerson.wordpress.com.

Cover image by Mary Hammel

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