Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the ninety-ninth poem in this series. This week’s piece is by Neil Ellman.
Beginnings (after the painting by Kenneth Noland)
The circular logic of the universe
defines its end
denies its beginning even after it began
ending where it survives
in endless circles of the mind
the shape of destiny told as history
as a Circle of Fifths around a clock
the rings of trees
as the myth of creation that never was—
its logic is none
other than where it begins
begins again, again
and never ends.
I asked Neil what prompted this piece and he said…
The poem is ekphrastic. It was inspired by a work of modern abstract art by Kenneth Noland. The painting consists of colorful circles much like a target. I have always been intrigued by that image and the concept of “circularity” and the timelessness represented by the circle.
It was intriguing. Thank you, Neil.
Neil Ellman has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Hundreds of his poems, many of which are ekphrastic and written in response to works of modern and contemporary art, appear in print and online journal, anthologies and chapbooks throughout the world. You can find out more about Neil and his writing from http://www.newmystics.com/lit/NeilEllman.html.
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