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Witness and Memory
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pencil drawing
For Ella
The task of
the basket: calling
unfinished collections
together with messages
condensed into song.

The elders
plant wandering seeds,
the dropped lines
into fertilized pockets,
bringing roots to light.

Cut loose but
not lost. Walking on
air--a voice--
animated, multiplied,
luminous. Flying.

Drawing and poem published in the anthology “Ella@100”