Friday, December 2, 2016

Ceremony of a Kind by Neil Ellman

(painting by Perle Fine)

Ceremony of a Kind

(after the painting by Perle Fine)

In celebration of the day
our world ended
and a new one born
swaddled in a cloth of stars
we march to the beat
of a distant drummer
and raise our flags to victory
and the magical arrogance
of the children we were.

It is a ceremony of a kind
with ritual sacrifice
letting of blood
effigies on fire
and painted faces
to mask our misgivings
and our fear
no longer children
we parade beneath
the arches of a life
we had left behind.

We are the inheritors
of a history
forgotten or never learned
that we shall repeat
because we have
no other choice.

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, Ceremony of a Kind by Perle Fine- Image shown above.

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