*Inspired by Down the Santa Fe Trail and Into Mexico: The Diary of Susan Shelby Magoffin, 1846-1847 (Stella M. Drumm. ed., University of Nebraska Press, August 1982).
Jane was Susan Shelby Magoffin's maid. She was known in Magoffin's journal only as Jane.
Originally published in Wagon Tracks, The Santa Fe Trail Association Quarterly, February 1998
Patricia Wellingham-Jones is a former psychology researcher/writer/editor/lecturer who has turned to writing short stories and poetry. A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has been published in numerous anthologies, journals, and internet magazines including The Tule Review, Phoebe, Visions International, Manzanita Quarterly, Midwest Poetry Review, Nanny Fanny, mélange journal, FZQ. She co-edited River Voices: Poets of Butte, Shasta, Tehama and Trinity Counties, California. Her latest chapbook is Don't Turn Away: Poems About Breast Cancer and she recently edited Labyrinth: Poems & Prose. She lives on a creek in rural northern California, USA, with her husband and two cats.