BOOK OF CLOUDS (after the woodcut by Helen Frankenthaler) Rorschach shapes say as much as they can without revealing names faces sans identity brief encounters in an empty room memory or prophecy like passing clouds vanish with the light.
View Helen Frankenthaler's wood cut Book of Clouds: http://www.artnet.com/artwork/426113889/book-of-clouds.html
PRIMORDIAL BIRD (after the painting by Richard Pousette-Dart) Featherless the beginning of wings emerging from primordial ooze whether to fly or walk or swim choose: proto-penguin or primal pygmy-owl declaring its voice: tweet, squeak or squawk its course through time: from slime to Elegant tern caught in creation’s sludge and then set free to fly untethered from its past.
View Richard Pousette-Dart's painting Primordial Bird: http://art.1stdibs.com/art_detail.php?id=10085
Neil Ellman lives and writes in New Jersey. His poems, many of them ekphrastic and based on works of modern art, appear in numerous print and online journals throughout the world, as well as in eight chapbooks.