Frontier Wife

She trudged long weary miles of desert sands

Beside her mate as they left ease to find

A newer, untamed hearth. Her homing mind

Found solace in her baby's clinging hands;

In dreams of living once again in lands

Where gardens grow, where sheltering trees are kind.

One sultry day a sunstroke left her blind,

And fear squeezed at her heart with tightening bands.

Her sight did not return; yet willing feet

Found strength to journey on. Her baby's cry,

Its need, renewed her courage. Inner pain

That stunned her heart was eased as hope made sweet

Her loss. Each day beneath the burning sky

She joyed because they would not move again.