They’ve Come Back by Neil Ellman

(after the painting by Mark Tobey)

After millennia away
hiding behind the moon
among the light of stars
invisible to eyes
they’ve come back
first cause, first blood
first in a string of molecules
they’ve returned
without notice, inarticulate
unchanged, no remorse
their arrogance in light
they’ve come
to replicate the past
repeat the prophecy
malum en se
     they’re back.


About Neil Ellman