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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Elane Gutterman

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For a Daughter with a Broken Heart

Hibernate your heart until it heals
Plant daffodil bulbs in the cold soil

Mash your frustration and anger
until the soft pulp is easier to digest

Fabricate what went wrong, make a collage,
use glue and whatever it takes

Let your tears stream away
Toss your biological clock into the ocean

Salsa and samba when you can't shake the blues
Sing with Shakira when you feel like wailing

Watch the clouds scatter as you perform acts of kindness
Soak up the morning dew

Find hues of hope
When you're ready, wear your red dress

Your sleeveless, backless, body clinging red dress