Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gifted

Olive Trees with the Alpilles in the Background (1889), Vincent van Gogh


I witnessed their escape:
bodies curved - intense effort
to lose the burden of
memory,
and twitching
in fever of hoarded
emotions.

Whether frightened of
imminent storm or
reaching the mountains,
the trees
were unwilling be tamed,
roots numb from standing so long,
bit rotten,- failed to hold them.

Reeling in the wind,
yet resisting, -
they already belonged
as a part of whole picture
to the brush of master…



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23 comments:

  1. I love the last line to the brush of the master. Well written

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  2. I love the life that you have given you - a wild unrelenting kind of spirit.
    The Van Gogh is a perfect match

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  3. Enjoyed.
    Wonderful tribute to the painting.

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  4. Already there, just had to come into being

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  5. Oh this is wonderful, especially "the trees were unwilling to be tamed". Loved it.

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  6. "Reeling in the wind, / yet resisting, -" absolutely tree like...well captivated..also a humble tribute to the master...

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  7. I love how you have taken us into the swirls and twirls of the painting...like falling leaves

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  8. This is an excellent presentation of the artwork, as well as bringing the energy of trees alive to the reader.

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  9. good on the trees for bing unwilling to be tames...even that is the stroke of the master....

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  10. Trees revolt by being trees untamed. Lovely thoughts, beautiful writing.

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  11. Perhaps you are a spirit twin of /Vincent, using words like his brush strokes! I see these trees wild in the wind's pushing and bossiness--it is way beyond dancing. Their roots may have failed them, but in art they live-forever.

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    1. :) love the idea.... Thanks for the prompt, Susan!

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  12. I like the personification of the trees ~ How strong of the trees to resist ~

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  13. Vincent certainly made his olive trees speak, as indeed you poem does.

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  14. such a nice tribute to the master ...beautiful

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  15. Great poem, it fits very well with the van Gogh.

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  16. Yes, those are wild, stormy trees indeed. You've imagined their back story very well.

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  17. And what a wonderful brush the master has! Nicely expressed, humbird.

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  18. The last line brings it all together.

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