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Not Merely the Eye

Billowing, foamy currents

     Lofty, turquoise drifts
          Undulate as waves

               Rage through the calm of heaven

                    As the golden stalks

                         Bend in fields below

                               Like hungry fire consuming

                                    All life in its path 

                                         Seemingly engulfed

                                              The cypresses are the same;
                                                   Ensnared in the grip

                                                        Of restless fury

                                                             By the skyward, emerald flame

                                       Would Vincent approve

                                            Of his brilliant work

                                                 Being perceived violently?

                                                      I am oft' amazed

                                                           How a piece of art

                                                                Takes on a life of its own 


                                                                          Lives within the heart

                                                                               And soul of the beholder

                                                                                    Not merely the eye

Vincent Van Gogh's painting, "Yellow Wheat and Cypresses" was my inspiration.

For submission in Abe Lopez' contest, "Van Gogh's Van Goghs".

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  1. Date: 2/28/2011 11:48:00 PM
    I love the description of the painting, and I love the lesson at the end, great poem

  1. Date: 12/21/2009 10:46:00 PM
    Dear Donna, Congratulations on all three of your sensational entires making it through the first round and best wishes on advancing to the finals. Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 12/21/2009 4:34:00 PM
    another 3 time winner a truely amazing poet! Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/21/2009 9:02:00 AM
    Congrats on your poem winning the first round of PS contest!! Very well deserved, enjoyed reading your wonderful poetry. Here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! May 2010 be your best year ever! Love Light Patty

  1. Date: 12/20/2009 3:06:00 PM
    This is really very pretty both in words and presentation--congrats on having 3 poems through! WIsh you all the best, Donna :)

  1. Date: 12/20/2009 12:53:00 PM
    How have three great poems that made it through the first round! Congratulations, Donna! Happy Holidays, and blessings on your son's marriage...may they be forever happy together:) Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 12/20/2009 10:13:00 AM
    Many congratulations on reaching the second round with your fine poem Donna >> James,xx

  1. Date: 10/23/2009 4:53:00 PM
    Wonderful use of imagery! The stair-step format adds visual interest. So much truth in your words. Congratulations on being featured this week. Keep up the good writing. Karen

  1. Date: 10/22/2009 8:06:00 PM
    Absolutely breath-taking portrayal of Vincent's painting, Donna. Congratulations on this magnificent feature of the week. Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 10/19/2009 10:32:00 AM
    Congratulations on your wonderful poetry being featured this week >> James

  1. Date: 10/19/2009 12:39:00 AM
    Congrats on your feature this week.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 10/18/2009 5:09:00 PM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poetry being featured this week Donna. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/17/2009 3:51:00 PM
    The same principle applies in poetry, as in art, like giving birth to your baby, each one is just as special as the last. They are like spiritual births from the very heart of your soul. Smile, Love, Moses

  1. Date: 10/9/2009 1:21:00 AM
    Very well written interpretaion of van Gogh's "Yellow Wheat and Cypresses" I truly enjoyed the read. Best wishes in the contest. Many Blessings, Always, Adell

  1. Date: 10/7/2009 11:59:00 AM
    Good luck in the competition. Nicely done and very descriptive. Keep writing. Sara

  1. Date: 10/7/2009 12:43:00 AM
    Masterful writing, like Van Gogh's paintings. Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 10/6/2009 4:50:00 PM
    Another gem as usual, Donna - Tim

  1. Date: 10/6/2009 3:59:00 PM
    Nice tribute to a master. I would have written "Inspiration" instead of "Interpetation". But you wrote the poem - not me. You must be familiar with the song "Starry Starry Night". Your work reminds me of it. Peace & Blessings Matthew Anish

  1. Date: 10/4/2009 11:40:00 PM
    Thank you for your welcome blog comments today Donna.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 10/4/2009 7:49:00 PM
    You have a special way with words, as they say, I can almost taste what you are illustrating here. An amazing Choka, an amazing flow with your word arrangement. Sincerely, Love Moses