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Vincent

July 29, 1890

Colored dabs and swatches
crave artist’s practiced hand.
Justice, nearly blind, yet watches—
unwrought art upon a stand.

Regard the brushes in a row—
the palettes and the sponges.
Genius maimed by status quo,
vain a hope that fate expunges.

Guttered myriad lifelong dreams—
in desperate ruination.
Fading now the muffled screams
of self-inflicted termination.

Time Passes

Abruptly then adoring praise—
contrived their sudden expertise.
Rude cabal who would appraise—
byzantine their guileful sleaze.

Each masterpiece a servant
of craven yearn and greed.
Bang the gavel, swift and fervent;
sate purveyors’ inveterate need.

Justice now is truly blind;
vanished those She would impute.
His final piece is left unsigned;
She’ll not disclose, for now She’s mute.

Inspired by Don McLean's song, Starry Starry Night

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  1. Date: 12/11/2014 2:12:00 PM

    Congratulations on your win Mark. I have always loved this song.
  1. Date: 12/10/2014 10:56:00 AM

    Hey Mark! Just getting around to take another look at this one! I really like the final version! Congratulations on the contest placement! BTW, when I taught radiologic physics, I had almost an entire lecture period on Tesla, a strange, but real genius and not a tinkerer (and jerk) like Edison. Glad to see they named a car after him.
  1. Date: 12/10/2014 8:25:00 AM

    I have also just added you to my favorite poets list!
  1. Date: 12/10/2014 8:23:00 AM

    I love this song it has always been one of my favorites. You did an amazing job with your version. A Fav! Congratulations on your win!
  1. Date: 12/9/2014 8:53:00 PM

    Nicely penned song, congrats on the win
  1. Date: 12/9/2014 7:21:00 AM

    Congrats on a fine win Mark
  1. Date: 12/9/2014 1:50:00 AM

    I have always loved the song Mark and this is incredibly powerfully written:-) hugs Jan xx
  1. Date: 12/8/2014 10:34:00 PM

    This was a very unique take on the rock n' roll theme, but not considering the song you chose!... A wonderful quatrain, Mark. Congrats on your win!
  1. Date: 12/5/2014 4:19:00 PM

    nothing short of eloquent, mark... you held on to this art-piece amidst the passage of time.. what a tremendous ending!... you awe!.. hugs and thanks for passing by!.. huggs
  1. Date: 11/25/2014 7:18:00 AM

    A brilliant poem inspired by a classic artist. I am glad you were inspired by something other than the song most people think of when it is Don McLean.
  1. Date: 11/23/2014 8:05:00 PM

    Well crafted with much depth..I enjoyed the visit!
  1. Date: 11/19/2014 9:13:00 AM

    This is brilliant work, Mark! I enjoyed reading this powerful write...
  1. Date: 11/18/2014 10:48:00 AM

    Extravagant beauty! You have contextually captured the torture and glory of an artists soul in this one. "Each masterpiece a servant of craven yearn and greed" your writing is stunning! A brilliant weave of language capable of defining what, in the real world, can only be felt. A standing ovation my dear friend!
  1. Date: 11/18/2014 10:48:00 AM

    Extravagant beauty! You have contextually captured the torture and glory of an artists soul in this one. "Each masterpiece a servant of craven yearn and greed" your writing is stunning! A brilliant weave of language capable of defining what, in the real world, can only be felt. A standing ovation my dear friend!
  1. Date: 11/18/2014 12:54:00 AM

    this is masterfully written, gosh, I don't even think I could ever write one like this!! I agree with the things Connie said to you below my comment. you really understood vincent. Does this poem by chance happen to be based on the song vincent (for the rock and roll contest? I think it could be used in that contest)
  1. Date: 11/18/2014 12:43:00 AM

    Your poem is amazing Mark! The expert way you reveal his anguished demise in your third stanza is brilliant. I love the way your words unravel in clever calculation of well chosen words to depict the most impact! Wow, this poem is so impressive I must fav. it! I have studdied this artist and his work and your tribute to a man who died thinking himself a failure would move him deeply!
  1. Date: 11/17/2014 10:44:00 PM

    One of my very favorite painter always been Vincent.so gifted and original no one Can be like him ever. It breaks my heart to know all the suffering and anguish he went thru before he took his own life. Poor misunderstood beautiful Vincent. Just love him and his magnificent paintings.Excellent write! A 7 for me! :) Love and light! xxx D.
  1. Date: 11/17/2014 6:50:00 PM

    Great write Mark...Is this about the artist. .Van Gogh?

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