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Ekphrastic Poems by Neil Ellman January 17, 2016

Posted by vscorpiozine in Neil Ellman, New Jersey poets, Uncategorized.
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These poems are based on modern works of art. Click on the links to see the corresponding artwork.

Little Castle in the Air

(Paul Klee, etching)

There is a little castle
in the air
where little people
live their little lives
and die as small

a castle no larger
than a particle of dust
that hangs upon
the morning dew.
and lights
upon a cloud.

a little castle
in the sky
and made of little stars
that briefly shine
in a universe so small
it can be measured
with a spoon

a little castle
surrounded by a little moat
with tiny people
who barely know
how very small they are.


Once upon a time she said, I’m not afraid and her enemies began to fear her. The End

(Wangechi Mutu, mixed media painting)

Once upon a time
the queen of lilacs and daffodils
afraid of the wind, of hungry bees
and the blistering light of the sun
resolved to be the monarch
she was prophesied to be
by the priests and priestesses
who knew everything of  life
and death and in-betweens.

She rose from her golden throne
floating for an instant
a regal butterfly
and said, enough is enough,
I am not afraid
I am the daughter of a thousand
queens who came before
and mine is the right to end it now.

I decree The End, she said,
and the wind, knowing The End
is near, slowed to a feeble crawl
as the flags grew limp
while the bees buzzed not at all
and the sun grew cold and hid
behind the moon
as the queen herself
majestic and triumphant
with resplendent gossamer wings
was eaten by a dragonfly.



neilellmanphotoNeil Ellman, a poet from New Jersey, has published numerous poems in print and online journals, anthologies and chapbooks throughout the world.  His latest chapbook is Mind Over Matta based on the abstract-surrealist works of the Chilean artist, Roberto Matta Echaurren.





1. bzniditch - January 17, 2016

Minimalism has its own prism.

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