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Ellen Bass

  • .. the dolphins stitch sky to sea.

  • It's a hard time to be human. We know too much and too little.

  • And yet, wouldn't it be welcome / at the end of each ordinary day? / The audience could be small, / the theater modest. Folding chairs / in a church basement would do. / But a short burst of applause / that you got up that morning / and, one way or another / made it through the day.

    • Ellen Bass,
    • "Don't Expect Applause," The Human Line ()

Ellen Bass, U.S. poet, educator

(1947)