CAROLINE NOTION, 1831
In the year 1831, we went westward
with nearly but an axe and a pike
tethered by wishes. The circumference
of all our dreams was broader than
Ohio. We passed that spot long ago.
Now, the manic natives have us
pressed; scouting around our wagons,
these savages have taken my wife
and kin, unexpectedly. I am leaving
this note in case I am gone, or dead,
when you get here to see.