Penelope

from Portraits by ellen cherry

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39 years stuck on dry land
bring me to the sea
i was my own deadly Siren
singing softly
I drowned all my hopes easily

20 odd years waiting by the nightstand
poor Penelope
weaving and unweaving by hand
and crossing her knees
she untied knots so happily

oh my love you know our bed is safe
it was built by you
you can trust me, it’s still there; it’s still living
and you know that it can’t be moved

let me run clear like a stream flushed with rain
and always tell the truth
let me lay down my shield and let in the pain
we’ll be bulletproof
even if we are black and blue

oh my love you know our bed is safe
it was built by you
you can trust me, it’s still there; it’s still living
and you know that it can’t be moved

and you know, and you know
that it can’t be moved.
and you know and you know, it was built by you

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from Portraits, released September 17, 2016

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ellen cherry Baltimore, Maryland

I am song & story Alchemist and I want to meet you at the intersection of creativity and recovery. While on tour in Texas, I was struck by an intoxicated driver which resulted in a violent wreck. Through my music and multi-media performances, I explore the pain and joy of recovering one’s body and spirit after extreme trauma. ... more

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