Neil Ellman

TWO POEMS 
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.
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