Elena on Earth

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At seventy-seven, Elena gathers okra and squash, shell peas, and tomatoes, and wears a straw hat to shade her face, neck and shoulders. A patterned sleeveless dress reveals pale arms to the summer light. When Elena stays in the garden for extended stretches of time, she pulls a thin long-sleeved shirt over the dress to cover her arms . Working between the rows, she sits on a wooden stool. Like this, her bare legs escape the sun’s rays, resting below the plant…



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