Fata Morgana. by Neil Ellman

By what witchery
does its image appear
a squall in the distance
of time and mind
an albatross
skimming the waves
on its endless flight
a shadow of a shadow
walking the edge of the earth
on pattering feet?

There, now, for an instant
like a breaching lord
of the roiling sea
on horizon’s throne
then gone as swiftly
as if a vision in a dream.

By what craft of sun and air
does light deceive the eye
and make us question
what is real real?

Neil Ellman is a poet from New Jersey. He has published more than 1,350 poems in print and online journals, anthologies and chapbooks throughout the world. His most recent chapbook, Of Angels & Demons (Flutter Press), is an ekphrastic collection based on the paintings of Paul Klee. Ellman has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and twice for Best of the Net.