July 10, 2013

Flower Myth by Neil Ellman




(after the painting by Paul Klee) 

A long time ago
when giants ruled the world
and unicorns were as abundant
as the golden butterflies
that filled the air
with the sound of fluttering wings
and the scent of their lust
a princess slept, naked
in her primeval bed
dreaming of roses and hyacinths
and him
with whom she was a budding flower
and he her garden’s prince
she waited for him to come again
quench her thirst for life
but he had found another garden
in which to sow his seeds
while she slept on, alone
having lost her innocence in dreams.




Twice nominated for Best of the Net, Neil Ellman lives and writes in New Jersey.  More than 700 of his poems, many of which are ekphrastic and based on works of modern art, appear in international print and online journals, anthologies, broadsides and eleven chapbooks.

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