I am wide open like the prairie. Wind sears through my spaces. They swell with rain shrivel with heat splinter with cold. I am wide open unprotected by mountains unguarded by seas. I am the prairie forsaken by trees. I am wide unobstructed by shade open. Seeds flower wild. Into my spaces light climaxes unbridled. ___________
Previously published in The Spoon River Quarterly.
She tends the garden of life not with formula measured mixed but with elixir pure distilled from pain she has chosen to bear through all the moments of eternity she fares but protected now with certainty that her life will nourish Life so that it may flower perennially
Susan Frances is an accomplished poet, playwright, and educator. She has also given interdisciplinary spoken word performances in art galleries across the country. Susan was an English teacher in the Elgin, Illinois Public Schools, and adjunct faculty professor at DePaul University’s School for New Learning and at Waubonsee Community College in Illinois.
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