Friday, March 17, 2017

Juxtaposed at their exact positions

                                                                                        Artist: Vincent van Gogh 1889
Image: 'Starry night' - oil on canvas,
New York, Museum of Modern Art
(fair use of image)

Note: One of van Gogh's most brilliant and famous 
works, commonly associated to his increasing madness, 
and that actually was the result of his interest for astronomy 
Vincent represented the Moon, Venus, and several stars 
in the exact position they occupied that clear night. 

On a moonlit and starry night
Juxtaposed at their exact positions
Who is there to say I am mad
For that was how I had learned

That was how I had observed them
Circular and concentric movements above
I had made them into reality with science
Bathing the city below in a stupor of colors

Citizens in awe animals prancing in delight
Not perception but as a result of palette mixture
The stars may splutter into sporadic little fights
To take their rightful place without blunder

You'll hear of me generations hence
As an artist not having lunacy as a friend

For Bjorn's at d'Verse's MTB
 - with impressionism


  1. A wonderful verse Hank, loved the context and the flow of words.
    Have a great Friday.

  2. It is interesting that those objects where positioned correctly relative to each other. He was not making it up.

  3. Watch the animals prance may seem looney at first glance

  4. Van Gogh has always held a deep place in my mind and heart, so misunderstood. I like that you wrote this in the first person.

  5. This is a wonderful poem! Thanks for sharing.

  6. "You'll hear of me generations hence..." Indeed! Well written. He would approve, I'm sure!

  7. A nice montage of meaning meant to take us away. Well done, Hank

  8. wow! i like this. you justified not only the painting, but as well as the artist. thanks

  9. I agree with what Eman had to say about your piece. Maybe, one day, Van Gogh will be appreciated for who he was and for the talent that he was without 'lunacy' being associated with him.


  10. Making madness your friend.. maybe it is like that... and I'm sure he knew he did something amazing

  11. Wonderful poem, made appreciate Van Gogh more.

  12. “Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
    ― Rob Siltanen

  13. I believe artists need time to be fully appreciated Hank ~ And later on, he was proven right ~