Monday, November 7, 2016

Evolution by Neil Ellman


How I evolved
is not how I hoped to be.

At the beginning
when i consisted of a single cell
I could have been an ichthyosaur
a whale, rhinoceroses, giraffe
or possibly a horse.

I could have become
a jellyfish, an antelope, a bee
almost anything
that breathed and ate and crapped.

Instead I became
a slithering, immoral creature
with an opposable thumb
prone to heart disease
diarrhea, dyspepsia and guilt—
In other words, a man.

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.

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