Saturday, October 8, 2016

Woman Encircled by the Flight of a Bird by Neil Ellman

painting by Joan Miró


Woman Encircled by the Flight of a Bird

(painting by Joan Miró)


A little bird with its wings on fire by Neil Ellman
beating faster than a hummingbird’s
circles a woman afraid to move
hears the beating of her heart
and feels the shiver In her loins.   

She knows the secret meaning
of its courting flight       its twists
its swirls        the hovering fancy
of its desire
the urgency in its blood
to touch and be touched itself
for the sake of everlasting life.

A woman encircled by the flight
of a little bird with its wings on fire
is not the least deceived
by its cunning and deceit.


Neil Ellman is a poet from New Jersey.  He has published numerous poems, more than 1,000 of which are ekphrastic and written in response to works of modern art, in print and online journals, anthologies and chapbooks throughout the world.  He has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and twice for Best of the Net.

Editors Note: This is an ekphrastic poem and based on a work of modern art. The title of this poem is that of the original image, Woman Encircled by the Flight of a Bird by Joan Miro- Image shown above.

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