To Ellen, Lady of Such Grace

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Nicholas Gordon

To Ellen, lady of such grace
As well might grace a husband's life;
Whose gentle Quattrocento face
Conveys the wisdom of the wife.

As well might grace a husband's life,
She has a way with words, whose wit
Conveys the wisdom of the wife
Obliquely, bit by subtle bit.

She has a way with words, whose wit
Works patiently, as each dawn comes
Obliquely, bit by subtle bit,
Till even fools can see the sun.

Works patiently, as each dawn comes
To bring the blind Earth's gloom to light,
Till even fools can see the sun
Restore the truths long lost to night.

To bring the blind Earth's gloom to light,
Whose gentle Quattrocento face
Restores the truths long lost to night?
To Ellen: lady of such grace!

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon



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