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Marie Meyer. Photo by Sublette County Artists' Guild.
Marie Meyer
Photo courtesy Sublette County Artists' Guild
To A Wild Canary
by Sublette County Artistsí Guild
August 15, 2019

The Sublette County Artistsí Guild, originally called the Writer's Club, was organized in 1928 by six ranch women in Sublette County, Wyoming, who had a common desire for self-expression and good company. The only requirement was that each member must present something original at each meeting. The women reached their meetings at homes and ranches in the area by slow travel on very poor roads, necessitating a long tradition of convening only in the summer. Some members created original drawings and paintings, while others wrote poetry, short stories, histories, and reminiscences, producing a trove of imaginative work and first-hand accounts of early Sublette County life. This latest presentation is by Marie Meyer. See the link below for more contributions.

By Marie Meyer

One morning when my heart felt sore
I rose to a daily grind
And coming to my kitchen door,
I looked to see what I could find
To strengthen me and keep me sweet
Until my work I could complete.
Upon my listening ears there burst
A song of melody so sweet
My heart stood still
Then fast and faster did beat.
High in a willow-bush I spied
A wild canary so endeared
To me that sweet song
My heart could not be sore for long;
And turning to my work once more
The daily grind had ceased to be
A grind for me.

Sublette County Artistsí Guild (1969). A Pouch of Possibles (First ed.). Cheyenne, WY: Flintlock. 12

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