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Ellen Aronofsky Cole



TO WAYNE, DIAGNOSED WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA IN 1973

People said we looked alike
when we were children.  Most
days you were my favorite.
We rode bikes to nowhere,
picnicked in the traffic
island, scooped tadpoles out
of Miller's pond until you
were banished for falling in.
That was before your luck
dried up, leaving you raw
and cracked as a chapped hand.

Sitting with you here
I see our faces bear witness
against us, yours a road map
to strange countries, mine
grooved from nose to mouth,
eyes grown dreamy.  Still, we're
not so different, are we?
you listening to your voices,
me straining for a whisper
from the muse.

We fish the same pool,
after all, you and I.
You tread water, now
submerged, now bobbing up
for air;  I dip a finger,
then a foot, then tiptoe in,
prepared to flee if I
should tumble
into that deep place of yours
where metaphor bubbles
into madness.






Ellen Aronofsky Cole
Ellen Aronofsky Cole teaches creative writing and drama workshops at
elementary schools throughout the area, at the Writer's Center in Bethesda,
Maryland, at Round House Theater in Silver Spring, and at the Black Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Maryland.  She is an actress and a puppeteer with the Kids on the Block Puppet Troupe. She has been a featured poet at the poetry reading series at the Takoma Park Library in Washington, DC, and at the Nora School poetry series in Silver Spring.  Ellen has received four grants from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery.  She has a MA in Drama from Catholic University and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.  Ellen has been published in Ladybug, Babybug, and Crayola Kids magazines, and in the Potomac Review.




                                    

 

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