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Day 30 NaPoWriMo - Ella

Thank you so much to NaPoWriMo for the month of prompts.

"Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem in which the speaker is identified with, or compared to, a character from myth or legend, as in  Claire Scott’s poem “Scheherazade at the Doctor’s Office.”


Ella

Sometimes I secretly dismiss the housemaid

slip off my shoes

don my raggedy grey dress

from before

find the broom and dustbin and kneel

to sweep up fireplace cinders

in my bedroom

 

I remember

my mother

my father

my authentic servitude

Fine-filtered ash floats into my nostrils

smudges my forehead

I listen carefully

for the thing with feathers.

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