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 children’s picture books. She’s won a Jerome Foundation Fellowship Award, grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Region 2 Arts Council and the prestigious 2012 Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize from Water~Stone Review and thanks to KFAI radio in Minneapolis for help with this poem.
Micky McGilligan, a writer from Two Harbors, Minnesota, reads an excerpt of “The Kindness of Rangers,” from her online travelogue Last Chance to Travel with Charlie.