Ella Fitzgerald was my mother
when my mother was in a good mood.

My mother sang while doing
housework around the house.

“Ella” she said “let’s scat
a little, sing a little, love a little.”

My father home early from work
would watch from the kitchen doorway.

He would smile at his Enid, his Ella,
and the waiting tea for two.

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E. Ethelbert Miller

Ethelbert Miller is a writer and literary activist who has taught at various universities. He is the author of 12 books of poetry and two memoirs, as well as the editor of three poetic anthologies. He hosts a weekly morning radio show and hosts and produces a TV show. His many honors include induction into the 2015 Washington DC Hall of Fame, the 2016 Association of Writers & Writing Programs George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature, and the 2016 DC Mayor’s Arts Award for Literature. In 2018, he was appointed as an ambassador for the Authors Guild. Miller’s most recent book, If God Invented Baseball (2018), was awarded the 2019 Literary Award for poetry by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. He can be contacted at .

How to Cite This:

Miller, E. E. (2023). Ella and Enid [poem]. Clio’s Psyche, 29(2), 152.

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