Stellar (Ella) (a Haibun)

Ships sail so far away, even farther, that their smoke is no more than the distant signal of a marine volcano.
– Ramón Gomez de la Serna

& further still the cosmos. & in the cosmos the soul that would be Ella. (Stellar). She. Her. No podemos hacerlo sin Ella. (Ella) as a constellation, a construction out the womb of the wily Almondina. Ella as a further lesson in the sacred feminine for one too slow to grasp but not so hopeless to not get another her.
The ship’s an ultrasound on goop upon a womb. Here, a radar beep. Here the sex sticks out. (Gender.) We can both bawl now or ready placenta recipes. “In some cultures…
Two cats couldn’t cut it, so out to the stars. (Stellar overdrive.) Two hearts and a half beating the womblights out on that vanilla latte. The cloud is faint again, but it’s a star cluster, the light farther away than the smoke of a distant ship (skin boat) and all the captain said was “engage.” All we had was velocity & building up the part that won’t rot. And letting go the rest so they may in turn remember their dust & we can turn our sights back on the inky wet of the northwest night sky.

Ella, she is
we’re listening & seeing that
flashing beat makes ours
run harder.

Ella Roque Nelson


About Splabman

SPLAB and Cascadia Poetry Festival founder Paul E Nelson wrote American Sentences (Apprentice House, 2015), Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, Germany, 2008), a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme, Brazil, 2013). Founder of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, in 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, Brenda Hillman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others, including many Cascadia poets. He lives in Seattle and writes at least one American Sentence every day. Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia, he is in year five of a twenty year Cascadia Bioregional Cultural Investigation. (Oct 12-15, 2017, Tacoma, WA)
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5 Responses to Stellar (Ella) (a Haibun)

  1. Mariska says:

    I love this (of course), and especially love that I could listen to you reading it. Looking forward to meeting beautiful Ella!

  2. leslie says:

    beautiful ultrasound – seriously. and the poem is seriously poignant and heartfull

  3. rhonda says:

    Beautiful haibun. She’s almost here. (Four cats cuts it for us, despite the a.m. scratch on my decolletage.)

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