Saturday, December 22, 2012

Two Poems by Neil Ellman

Rope and People

(after the painting by Joan MirĂ³)

Born at the end
of an umbilical rope
connecting life to life
then bound to life
tied in bundles and knots
questions unanswered
puzzles unresolved
finally hanged from rope
taut at last
legs reaching for the truth
life unraveled
at the end
of a hangman’s noose.


(after the painting by Jackson Pollock)

Before we disappear
through windowless walls
trap doors, crags and crevices
in the warp and wrap of time
blind-spinning, drifting
motion with neither direction
nor intent
neither argument nor ascent
we converge like thirsty souls
around a waterhole
at the confluence of now and then
waiting, waiting for a sign
never to come, we gather,
grow old and disappear.

Twice nominated for Best of the Net, Neil Ellman lives and writes in New Jersey.  More than 600 of his poems, many of which are ekphrastic and based on works of modern and contemporary art, appear in numerous print and online journals, anthologies, broadsides and chapbooks throughout the world.

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