Grandmother by Kay Kempton Raade

A calligraphy work I penned of a poem that I wrote in the 1970’s thinking of my great grandmother, Mariah Kempton. She was half Oglala Sioux, educated in Mass., and raised five boys on a cattle ranch outside Terry Montana in the 1800’s. Her sons and grandsons were declared “Indian” on their birth certificates. In every notation in history books of the county, she was called “Mrs. Kempton, Indian.” She was called upon for herbal remedies for injuries and illnesses by neighbors. She was the subject of several photos by Evelyn Cameron, an early (1900)photographer in Montana.

This drawing is of her sister, Mary, holding my dad on her back. click


When newness filled her walk
And buttercups more than
Snow-covered dreams, she was
Long and thin as the lodge
Pole pines she swung high
To make the framework
of her days. Weight of years
and pull from Mother Earth
has bowed the black-wrapped
legs. Her shape peared
as shoulders gave their square
to slope. The tracks through
her leathered face aim toward
the ground.

But, around the eyes

burst the rays of the Sun
in all directions
when she smiles.

The tears that lay in basined
lids reflect
two worlds.
Kay Kempton Raade

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  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...almost 5 years ago

    A golden creation sweetheART lovely – inst fave ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • Thank you, Sweet Val!!

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • Marie  Morrison
    Marie Morrisonalmost 5 years ago

    Wow ! an absolute beautiful tribute , to a true woman pioneer , I find this very inspriational as my roots on my mothers side are also metis , and the Saulteaux tribe.

  • Thanks so much, Marie. I appreciate your sharing.

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • Kensoi
    Kensoialmost 5 years ago

    WoW This Is Beautiful Kay. Thank You For Sharing This.
    Also The Poem & The Rest Of The Information.
    All The Best

  • Thanks for viewing, Ken. I appreciate you!! 8-)

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • Genesphotos
    Genesphotosalmost 5 years ago

    That is a very nice tribute to her ,Nicely Done

  • Wow, thanks, Gene. I appreciate your viewing and comment!!

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • Barbara Applegate
    Barbara Applegatealmost 5 years ago

  • Whoohooo!

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 5 years ago

    Beautiful calligraphy, great history, moving poem – perfect package.

  • Thank you sooooo much!! 8-)

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunalmost 5 years ago

    This is lovely Kay

  • Thanks so much!!

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • Donna Ridgway
    Donna Ridgwayalmost 5 years ago

  • Woohoo!

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • Donna Ridgway
    Donna Ridgwayalmost 5 years ago

    that’s some fantastic poem, Kay!

  • Oh thanks so much, Donna.

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful and sentimental.

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