Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Giantess (a.k.a. The Guardian of the Egg)

(after the painting by Leonora Carrington, c. 1947)

                I

The king is dead
Long live the queen
The giantess
So large
Her head seems small
The sovereign
Of wheat
Bloated like
A barley sack.

             II

God is dead
Long live her holiness
Sovereign deity
Of chaff
She holds an egg
So close
Guards it
From the circling birds
Who think it is
Their own.

           III

She is alive
Among the deities
Towering over
Field and stream    
The egg
About to hatch into
Another god

A mother knows.

--Neil Ellman lives and writes in New Jersey.  He has published numerous ekphrastic poems throughout the world, as well as in five chapbooks, the most recent of which is Mirrors of Miró: Ekphrastic Reflections of the Art of Joan Miró.  He has a special affinity to art that is bizarre and surreal.

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