When Everything Is Orderly

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(NOTE: This is a collaboration between musician/performer ellen cherry and photographer Bonnie J. Schupp. Bonnie sends ellen two photos every week and ellen responds with writing--a story, a poem, a song, a piece of music.)


ellen cherry
August 14, 2018

When Everything is Orderly

When everything is orderly
And nothing is askew
When everything is tidy
I know just what to do

For now I have some minutes
I have all the time to spare
I can sit and contemplate
The disastrous and unfair.

The wandering and confused
The Lovers, so star-crossed
The bleeding and the broken
The damaged and the Lost

The steel we made so strong
Being eaten by the rust
The bridges falling down
The buildings back to dust

The promises we made
To never hesitate
Burn up under the Sun
As our shelter dissipates

I rearrange my face
To show I’m not afraid
I will stack my dishes
And put my clothes away

When everything is orderly
And nothing is askew
When everything is tidy
I don’t know what to do.


from Stories In Small Spaces (ellen cherry & Bonnie Schupp), released September 11, 2018
photo by Bonnie J. Schupp


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ellen cherry Baltimore, Maryland

Emmy nominated singer/songwriter ellen cherry (lowercase letters intentional!) is a full-time touring and working performer based in Baltimore, MD. In 2017, ellen presents a new touring project called Portraits in Song that marries her love of storytelling and her passion for history through songs and portraits of interesting women in history to increase love and empathy for all. ... more

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