“Broadway Boogie Woogie ” by Neil Ellman


It is as if
Color and line can play
The sounds of Mondrian's metropolis
New York in 1943
His boogie woogie dance of prayer
Eight beats to the bar
A syncopated melody
In squares of yellow, red and blue
Perfect squares of sound
Movement without motion
Streets converging
In contrapuntal lines
Sound and paint becoming one;
It is as if
The music of the streets
The gin joints' jangle
Honkytonks and honking horns
Could measure color
With a metronome of light.