I am a poet, beginner equestrian, lover of the outdoors, and gregarious introvert living in Ramsay Township, west of Almonte, Ontario, Canada. My poems, essays, and photographs are shaped by my relationship with the world around me, which is as tactile as I can make it daily.

My first collection of poetry, Economies of Gratitude, was published by Penumbra Press in 2007. Other poems and articles have been published in selected journals.

All content is copyright to Ellen Symons.

‘Attention without feeling is only a report. Empathy is necessary if attention is to matter.’ – Paraphrased from Mary Oliver, Our World.

“Only a few of us are going to be willing to break our own hearts by trading in the living beauty of imagination for the stark disappointment of words.” – Ann Patchett, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage.

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  1. Hi Ellen, I loved your poem. And I wish Ottawa and Alabama were not so far apart. Although I do not have sheep next door, I do have my turtles and now and again a deer out back eating azealas.
    Good luck with this new venture
    Love, Marty (aka Mary Frances)


    • Marty, I wish we were tea-distance apart. I love your descriptions of the world around you: turtles, deer, Dachschunds, the lake … And I love that you appreciate the poem. Love, Ellen (a.k.a. Ellen Frances. For real.)


  2. Hi. This is Diana. I am sitting on the couch with mum on Willistead and she was talking about our dinner theatre when we served cannelloni and mark sang singin in the rain. I like to write poems too but I’ve just done a few. We enjoyed your first poem here. Is this you??
    Merry Christmas if so to you and your family. Otherwise merry Christmas anyway!


    • Didi!!! 🙂 Hi, Diana, yes, it’s me. How nice to hear from you. Those are good memories. How about our haunted house and the ice capades! My mom said your folks still live on Willistead – please give them a big hello from me. I miss the street – it was a great place to grow up. I would love to keep in touch with you.


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