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Starry Nights


JoelJosol
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There is sadness in the midnight sky

Starlight trapped within the circles of the night.

 

Have I seen a bird fly on your canvas

across the coarseness of your strokes?

There is sadness in your midnight sky.

 

You love stars to decorate your canvas

White and blue against the orange lamp light,

Starlight trapped within the circles of the night.

 

Why so much red and green inside a cafe

with roomful of folks, estranged under the stars?

There is sadness in the midnight sky.

 

Were you the lone, black tree on the canvas

Strong, upright, touching the stars?

Starlight trapped within the circles of the night.

 

There is sadness in the midnight sky.

 

 

* this is a piece I wrote years back and cleaned up a bit some lines.

"Words are not things, and yet they are not non-things either." - Ann Lauterbach

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  • 2 weeks later...

I like this. It prompted me to visit some of Van Gough's cafe and street scenes and like you, ask a few questions.

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Only a lover of fine art would have quickly identified the associations :-) I've always wanted to write something about VG. His life fascinated me and Don McLean's 'Vincent' inspired this. Thanks, Benjamin.

"Words are not things, and yet they are not non-things either." - Ann Lauterbach

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David W. Parsley

Definite echoes of Van Gogh's Paris pieces. Nice capture, Joel. I have a VG piece of my own to share one of these days. It's good to know that sympathetic readers will be here to share it.

 

- Dave

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