Cleartivity – Neil Ellman

(after the painting by Roberto Matta Echaurren)

It seemed so clear with no need
for interpretation or translation
from your language to mine.
from your mind to mine:

It had the clarity of the Milky Way
to the naked eye

the image of a god in clouds or stone
as it looked to us with clam-shell eyes.

the sound of a syllable inside a word
not said but understood
as if it had a meaning of its own.

It was so very clear
in the innocence of our spring
when the air was filled with birds
of hope in an amaranthine world.


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