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When Madness Rides on Moonlight

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When Madness Rides on Moonlight

Days pass into weak, loveless nights. The moon blinks.
The stars swirl beneath Van Gogh's brush, as he links.
Comets twist cypresses, a schizophrenic's concussion.
On and on, wind twirls the trees, and does not complain,
nor, does the cosmos cringe waiting reciprocation.
Lightning bugs mimic the stars. Atoms sneer.

Those who spout love, friendship abandon him, sneering.
Their images dance beneath his lids, when he blinks.
Though denied a compass, his soul does not reciprocate.
Through pain, physical and mental, he connects-links-
with life which absorbs and excludes, not complaining.
Nights pass without mistress, Sien. His mind concusses.

His face trembles, torn by the sounds of storm's concussions.
The butcher, baker, candlestick-maker, all of them sneer. 
Unmerciful, this cycle, this God to whom he does not complain.
If lack of mercy is just, may he not know why? Time blinks.
Thinking causes pain. Painting connects him and he links.
He accepts art and the pain, as gifts, no reciprocation.

Voices, the paint, the moon, the voices say reciprocate.
He chases mice. The cheese plate falls with a concussion.
He rubs gnarled hands across his lids. He maintains the link. 
How? Why? But, the mice eating his cheese only sneer.
The sunflowers shimmer and wiggle in their vase; he blinks.
Stumbling, he falls trying to sit, the chair does not complain.

He thought God clear as sunlight; yet, the paint complained. 
Not God; he could not capture light. He must reciprocate.
After all, he was a mere man, ashes to dust; life blinks.
Ah death, le grand mal, considered- no minor concussion,
He must escape, join the celestial spin, avoid their sneers;
sick, yes, sick to death of not being understood, not linking.

The brushes-he prostitutes himself. Linseed spills, touches linking.
Theo, brother, never would forgive. Many others would complain.
Ah, Gauguin, His dear friend, he would understand and not sneer.
If God was truly loving, he thought; God will not reciprocate.
The mockers did not live in Dante’s nine levels of hell's concussions;
they will call him coward. They did not live between the blinks.

Gifted bright hues, the link to sun and moon, lost without reciprocation.
Complaining no more to sky, as each cerebral pulse brings concussion.
Blood twines at his feet. No longer would they sneer at Sien. Vincent blinks.



Copyright © Debbie Guzzi

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  1. Date: 6/15/2015 2:19:00 AM
    excellent peom!

  1. Date: 3/5/2015 10:02:00 AM
    Fantastic narrative of Van Gogh, an artist of truly amazing perception!- Loved this piece Debbie! - 7

  1. Date: 9/23/2014 10:15:00 AM
    Van Gogh has always been one of my favorite artists. I have also always been intrigued by his life. This is an amazing write that I have added to my favs.

  1. Date: 7/3/2014 7:25:00 AM
    Thank you very much, thats lovely :)

  1. Date: 6/17/2014 9:22:00 AM
    Thank you for entering my contest with this GREAT poem! I enjoyed reading it. Congratulations on the win. It was all inspiring.

  1. Date: 6/16/2014 6:45:00 PM
    You should be so proud of this one, Debbie......I went back to hear you recite this once again on You tube.......it is one of my favorites too !! (not to mention the beautiful woman I see!)

  1. Date: 6/16/2014 2:46:00 PM
    WOW cher.. MOON blinks,HE blinks, TIME blinks, VINCENT blinks... OUTSTANDING!! Go directly to MY favs too, do not pass go...

  1. Date: 6/16/2014 4:53:00 AM
    Thoughtful n seemingly true indeed ! ur fav poem is goin to be my fav too Debbie ! congrats on win n thanks for sharing !

  1. Date: 6/15/2014 3:39:00 PM
    I wonder if we didn't know if we could tell which artist is mad and which one sane. Congratulations on your win. Love,Joyce

    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi
    Date: 6/15/2014 4:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I would guess a lot have some type of mental difference?
  1. Date: 6/15/2014 11:04:00 AM
    Sprawling yet intricate. Circuitous yet exact. So dense in image and thought you cannot blink. :)

  1. Date: 6/15/2014 8:30:00 AM
    A big congrats on your win. Thanks for sharing your favorite poem..

  1. Date: 6/15/2014 1:53:00 AM
    Thanks for sharing your favorite poem, congrats on the well deserved win, Debbie

  1. Date: 6/14/2014 11:57:00 PM
    Congrats D G.... Love ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 6/14/2014 10:32:00 PM
    Hi Debbie, I see why you enjoy this poem of yours. I don't know this form, but it's a heck of a poem.. Congratulations with your own "Favorite Poem, entered in Carol's XOOL contest... Yeah, we all Win... What a sweet Deal... XOX~ LINDA

  1. Date: 6/14/2014 6:37:00 PM
    Oh I can see why this is your favorite poem, worthy of another shiny medal :) good job :)

  1. Date: 6/9/2014 2:53:00 PM
    Extremely Passionate: Definitely She Would Seem Within A Faraway Glimpse Be It Vague At Best, Unto Most; That You Yourself Have Captured The Maddening Colours Of A Heart's Entangled To Be Here's, Inferno World....Think It Not Strange ~ KLove, Jeremy *

  1. Date: 2/26/2014 9:23:00 PM
    Debbie, thank you for setting the music and the mood with your winning. Poem. Congratulations:) Take Care ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 2/25/2014 9:36:00 AM
    art in motion, debbie.. sweet congrats!..huggs

  1. Date: 2/25/2014 2:49:00 AM
    love the depth here Debbie very fine pen congrats on win hugs

  1. Date: 2/24/2014 6:03:00 PM
    You have an interesting subject here, and you aced it well my friend, congrats on your winning poetry luv and hugs xxx

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