(after the painting by Salvador Dali, 1934)

Opposites attract
And no one
Not even
An atmospheric skull
(Nor any skull)
Can resist
The feel of keys
The soft insouciance
Of waiting wood
And strings
This is
The violence of sound
From end to end
Sweet music made
From hardened bone.

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NEIL ELLMAN is a retired educator living and writing in New Jersey. In college, more than forty years ago, he was an award-winning poet and editor-in-chief of the school’s literary magazine, but he did not write again until his retirement. In addition to the usual distractions of real life, it is amazing that graduate school in English and years of teaching the subject can so easily diminish one’s creative instincts. Since retiring, however, he has been published throughout the English-speaking world. Most of his published poems are ekphrastic, based on works of modern and contemporary art, most frequently images that are bizarre and surreal. His five published chapbooks include, most recently, works devoted to Salvador Dalí (Dalí’s Clock, Flutter Press, 2010) and, most recently, Joan Miró (Mirrors of Miró: Ekphrastic Reflections of the Art of Joan Miró, Flutter Press, 2011). In addition, he has published many short-form poems—haiku. Senryu, Twitter-length, etc.—which he finds endlessly fascinating and fun to write.

One response to “Atmospheric Skull Sodomizing a Grand Piano”

  1. Perfect description of the painting!

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