She stands between two draft horses
the goddess of industry and agriculture
steel without the gilding.
She was a farmer who
never spoke about quadrigas
Except she lived and breathed
the classical elements
earth, air, fire and water
on the farm near Wastedo, unincorporated.
She was a willing worker, Spring Garden
Church-goer, where she was baptized
and then laid down
when the sod was turned for her.
For Ninety-five years
She wore the halter to which
the progress of the state was attached.
She never met the charioteer.
* “Progress of the State,” also known as the Quadriga, has stood atop Minnesota’s capitol building since 1905.