Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Three Poems by Neil Ellman

Office in a Small City

     after the painting by Edward Hopper

There are no tall buildings
that scrape the sky
to build a monument
to eternity;
everything is so small
in this little town
and so too me
as I watch the clouds
for signs of life.

New York Corner

     after the painting by Edward Hopper

They who stand
without a dream
gather purposeless
without the hope
of moving beyond
their confluence
of despairs
this their home
at the corner
of winter's chill
and no where else to go.

Night Windows

     after the painting by Edward Hopper

The woman in the window
has no name
no reason to show her face
to passersby
and yet I watch
enthralled by whom she was
and is
and might become.

Neil Ellman is a poet from New Jersey who has published more than 1200 poems in print and online journals, anthologies and chapbooks throughout the world.  His latest chapbook, Mind Over Matta (Flutter Press, 2015) is based on the paintings of the Chilean abstract/surrealist, Robert Matta Echuarren.

1 comment:

  1. I liked all three poems especially Night Windows.
    How a complete stranger can play into our lives.
    Maybe they are who we are as well. The stranger within ourselves emerging.