The Cyclops

(after the painting by Odilon Redon)

If God had a single eye
better than the one we have
he could see as easily as a hummingbird
on unseen light-speed wings
in a clover-field of destinies

and if He had a beak
long, thin and aquiline
and an omniscient tongue
he could probe the inside of our hearts
and sip the nectar of our dreams

and if He were a hummingbird
it wouldn’t be a deity
but just a one-eyed thing

Neil Ellman

About Ijagun Poetry Journal

Ijagun Poetry Journal is a quarterly journal that provides a platform from which we can tell our own stories in the authenticity of their multiplicity through the poetic medium. We don’t want to hear these stories from our master “griots” alone; we want to hear from those mastering their art, too. Hence, we aim at publishing new and emerging poets. We also welcome the works of established poets in order to encourage the poetic genius of those mastering poetic art. We prize original works that conform to, break or reinvent conventions. Again, we accept reviews and critical essays on poetry. We also accept powerful art works and photographs that make us appreciate the "poetry" in everything.
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