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Fish by Neil Ellman

Posted in Neil Ellman with tags on November 25, 2012 by Scot

Even when I was not quite five
I knew that water would be
the death of me
and so I made a vow:
“I shall never grow scales
or be a fish”
and then one day
when I was almost six
my mother threw me
into the public pool
and I flapped my arms
becoming fins
a fish trapped in a jar
of formaldehyde
where I stayed her little boy
proudly displayed in her étagère
for everyone to see.

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Politics by Neil Ellman

Posted in Neil Ellman with tags on May 15, 2011 by Scot

Although she didn’t know
The difference between
A Socialist and socialite
My mother would sing
“The people’s flag is deepest red
It shrouded oft our martyred dead
And ere their limbs grow stiff and cold
Their blood had died its every fold”
With the joy of the child
She was when she learned the words
Her father taught to her
After he crossed the ocean
With thousands of others like himself
On a freighter
And not a dollar to his name,
Joined the union
Picketed for just a dollar more
And voted as he was told—
And so did she.