Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Imbalance of Time by Neil Ellman


Symphony No. 1, The Transcendental by Richard Pousette-Dart





Imbalance of Time

(after the painting by Richard Pousette-Dart)


On the other side of what we know
an hour is no more an hour
than east is truly east
or light the feel of snow.

To travel from here to there
is a matter of perspective, faith,
not time, a journey imagined,
neither short nor long,
the contents of the sea
in a measuring cup.

The present feeds the past
like a mothering lion
feeds her young
and the past is nothing more
than the future in its mouth.

There is neither proportion
nor equivalence
nor harmony
when time, uncertain,
out of balance
is barely now.


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 (after the painting by Richard Pousette-Dart)


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