(after the lithograph by Robert Rauschenberg)
Penetrate the impenetrable.
Permeate the impermeable.
Breach the unbreachable.
Pry open the tight-fist grip of time
and split the atom to its soul.
Break through to the other side
where stars, grown dark,
have left an empty space.
Puncture heaven itself
and insinuate your dreams
where none had ever been
then carve out a Zodiac with an image
to lord it over the universe
as if you can.
Biography: Nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, Neil Ellman writes from New Jersey. More than 1000 of his poems, many of which are ekphrastic and written in response to works of modern and contemporary art, appear in print and online journals, anthologies and chapbooks throughout the world. His first full-length collection is Parallels: Selected Ekphrastic Poetry, 2009-2012 (Omphaloskeptic Press).