Iowa Grandmothers

The granny at the farmhouse table,

Upper Room open,

Bible beside it,

the family’s breakfast on the stove.

Coming downstairs they’ll glimpse her,

head bowed on their behalf,

before she gets up to serve them.

The granny at the demonstration,

wearing a No Pipelines T-shirt,

holding up a Water Is Life sign,

refusing when ordered to disperse.

Her family views the arrest on TV,

knowing she’ll return to the protest next week,

she has the grandkids’ inheritance to think of.