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art by paradoxius

    Neil Ellman, a poet from New Jersey, has published more than 1,350 poems in print and online journals, anthologies and thirteen chapbooks throughout the world. He has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and twice for Best of the Net.
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Elegy to the Spanish Republic, 108

(after the painting by Robert Motherwell)


When the next bomb falls
to wake me from my sleep
in the half-dug trenches
of my dreams

it will come as surely
as the last
with the whining cry
of a hunting bird

shrapnel shells like rain
upon the fractured earth
filled with hollow men
asleep, in dread

I count the days and nights
by bursts of light
minutes by the dead
certain that next is mine

If only I could fly.

In war, only the birds
have wings.




copyright 2013 Neil Ellman