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Young Ellen

Photo of Ellen by Steve Dunwell, used as the cover of I'm Not Your Laughing Daughter, her first book of poetry published by the University of Massachusetts Press, 1973.





After the winter rains

The sun returns
like an old lover.

I don't ask it questions.
We don't talk about the past.

It pours over my shoulders
like apricot honey

and glides down my spine
while I'm splitting the wood.

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