Ellen Bass Poems

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1.
Basket Of Figs

Bring me your pain, love. Spread
it out like fine rugs, silk sashes,
warm eggs, cinnamon
and cloves in burlap sacks. Show me
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2.
Waiting For Rain

Finally, morning. This loneliness
feels more ordinary in the light, more like my face
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3.
Dead Butterfly

For months my daughter carried
a dead monarch in a quart mason jar.
To and from school in her backpack,
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4.
Eating The Bones

The women in my family
strip the succulent
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5.
Relax

Bad things are going to happen.
Your tomatoes will grow a fungus
and your cat will get run over.
Someone will leave the bag with the ice cream
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