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

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) in Seattle, the Cascadia Poetry Festival and the August POetry POstcard Fest (PoPo). He has published a collection of essays, Organic Poetry & a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, WA, A Time Before Slaughter (shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger) and American Sentences, a book of 17 syllable poems drawn from the first fourteen of his 20 years of daily practice. The tenth anniversary edition of that book includes Pig War: & Other Songs of Cascadia. He’s interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, George Bowering, Diane di Prima, Brenda Hillman, George Stanley, Joanne Kyger & many Cascadia poets (see: has presented his poetry and poetics in London, Brussels, Bothell, Cumberland, BC, Qinghai and Beijing, China, Lake Forest, Illinois, Ukiah, CA, and other places & writes an American Sentence every day.
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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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