Who will make
Your long bed,
Smooth your grass quilt,
fluff your stone pillow?

Who will tuck
the dry dirt
under your chin,
sing in my place
in the songless night
under bright dots of light
in the dark, curved sky,
sing Willow?

Sing Willow.

Sing Willow.

Mary Ellen Miller was a professor of English at Western Kentucky University for fifty-four years, co-founding the Center for Robert Penn Warren Studies. The author of The Poet's Wife Speaks, she also co-edited (with Morris Grubbs) Every Leaf a Mirror: A Jim Wayne Miller Reader, a multi-genre anthology compiling the work of her late husband. A native of Carter County, Kentucky, she was a graduate of Berea College with a degree in English.

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