(after the drawing by Larry Rivers)
What will we ever get from stones
but silence? Not the songs
of a mockingbird on a branch
or of the ocean crashing
against the shore,
but the wisdom of a fir
with moss upon its trunk
and the knowledge
that there is meaning
and permanence in the universe.
Neil Ellman is a poet from New Jersey. He has published more than 1,500 poems in print and online journals, anthologies and chapbooks throughout the world; and he has been nominated twice each for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.