Pat, who is going on 107 years old, says she was surprised that her difficulty breathing was caused by a heart problem, not her lungs.
Sharon Chmielarz’s poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines nationwide. She’s also published travel memoirs and three childrens picture books. She’s won a Jerome Foundation Fellowship Award, grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the prestigous 2012 Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize from Water~Stone Review. And thanks to KFAI in Minneapolis for help with this poem.
Mike Finley says about himself, “I’m a Minnesotan who has been writing for forever. I seem to write poems that are simultaneously anxiety provoking and comical. And they’re theologically opaque.”