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Making Sense of Parachutes

 

by Neil Ellman

 

The sense of it

is its senselessness

the way I circle

incoherent

gyres

this way and that

on bent wings

buzzard-like

seeming to go

where sense

takes me

without any sense

direction itself

useless

no compass

no map

no desire

devotion none

then falling

as if I were a bomb

senselessly falling

w/o a parachute

to a mindless earth.

 

 

 

An Appetite for a Queen

 

by Neil Ellman

 

  

           The queen

       liked it that way

           simmering

    artichokes and olive oil

     diamonds and gold

               she

          had children

           for dessert

        her nobleness

   with a napkin on her lap

                   &

      a leg in her mouth

                 she

    ate what she pleased

             tangerines

            nationalities

                 w/o

               regard

          purple-painted

              majesty

          dinner at eight

                 her

               guests

 the perfect after-dinner drink

                 she

           ate everything

                   &

            then herself.

 



I Wanted to Love You More

 

by Neil Ellman

 

(after the drawing by Louise Bourgeois

in the Do Not Abandon Me Series)

 

 

What was said, the flow

of words between our eyes

our legs tangled like climbing vines

of poetry, we came

to know each other’s voice

as if it were our own, we came

to know how words deceive

the heart.

 

It was over, you said, I wanted more

than you could ever give

to drink again the verse you gave

me with your tongue.

 

 

 

Neil Ellman writes from New Jersey.  He was twice nominated for Best of the Net, as well as the Rhysling Award from the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Hundreds of his poems, many of which are ekphrastic and written in response to works of modern and contemporary art, appear in print and online journals, anthologies, and chapbooks throughout the world.




 

 

Neil Ellman lives and writes in New Jersey.  He has published numerous poems in print and online journals throughout the world, including Anastomoo, Blue & Yellow Dog, Bolts of Silk, Catapult to Marks, Clutching at Straws, Counterexample Poetics, ditch, Danse Macabre and Flutter, among many others.

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