Neil Ellman

Neil Ellman lives and writes in New Jersey (USA). His poems, more than 250 of which are ekphrastic, appear in numerous print and online journals throughout the world. His most recent collection, “Abstractions: From Paint to Poetry,” appears as an e-chapbook from The Camel Saloon’s Books on Blog.

Portrait of Non-existent People

(after the painting by George Condo)

One eye here or there
jumbled
kaleidoscopic mumbling parts
noses where mouths should be
preposterous ears
on faces implied
by circus clowns
tumbling from a tiny car
their muddled minds
befuddled dignity
not knowing what they are
or who
or cease
to be or not to be
a grotesque portrait
of themselves.

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