TWO EKPHRASTIC POEMS–Poetry by Neil Ellman

Rosso Plastica, 1963 By Alberto Burri
Rosso Plastica, 1963
By Alberto Burri

Rosso Plastica
(Alberto Burri, painting)

Everything turns
to dust
ashes to ashes
and metal to rust
plastic melts
into infinite designs
of spirit and mind
to take the shapes
of red-hot flames
and pyroclastic flows
as if the center
of the earth
had come to life
for one brief moment
in the light of day.


Grey Instrumentation 1
Grey Instrumentation 1, 1974 By Joseph Albers

Grey Instrumentation I

(Josef Albers, screenprint)

Whatever there is to know
of grey is sensed
in the color without color
of a cloudy day
as if it had a place
uncertainly, indifferently
between the black
of obsidian
and the white
of glacial ice
one thing or another
with no color of its own

There is nothing to know
but age, the fog,
memories turned from green
to ash
then lost
a grey wolf’s howling
at the moon
in the twilight of its years.

©Neil Ellman

Neil Ellman, a poet from New Jersey, has published more than 1,100 poems in print and online journals, anthologies and chapbooks throughout the world.  He has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize and twice for Best of the Net.
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