In Big Sky Country, we met there
And during our five weeks’ time,
Our souls expanded freely to fill the open air.
Together, on our first day, when it was just us
Friendship formed quickly, for
I knew your vibrance and enthusiasm for life was contagious.
Your laughter never knew loneliness, as my laughter joined yours.
We laughed – especially when we weren’t supposed to.
We bonded in silence and during weekly ranch chores
We woke up early – Well, mostly just me
We skipped to the outhouse, to “double pee”
Getting ready for bed meant preparing for war
The boys scared us silly, I fell down once more
The stench, once identified, seared the hairs in our nose
But we couldn’t address it because she tried to suppress it.
Outdoor showers when the Montana wind blows
Liam’s storytelling while we, around the fire, sit.
We watched as fresh hues of pink climbed the mountain slopes
As the sun opened one sleepy eye above the horizon
We prayed with the Blackfeet, and nurtured their hopes
We loved, we learned, and shared of the One
We did a lot together, Emma, you and me
But what I’ll never forget, ever.
Is that you helped me learn to live free