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A Self Portrait

Behold, oh my beloved!
Is there a hidden care
you would like to share,
with your not so gentle gaze?

Repudiating caducity,
your eyes portray
sustained excitement ~
still and restrained
whilst behind you
an arabesque of phantasmagorical

Behold, oh my beloved
the vortex of colours 
surrounding you
entwine a paradigm
of that starry night~
and as i look into its cosmic glow
I fall in love with you.

22 May 2022

A Briand Strand Premiere Choice Poetry Contest
6th Place

Like Rembrandt and Goya, Vincent van Gogh often used himself as a model; he produced over forty-three self-portraits, paintings or drawings in ten years. Like the old masters, he observed himself critically in a mirror. Painting oneself is not an innocuous act: it is a questioning which often leads to an identity crisis.
( Credits: Google Arts and Culture)

Copyright © JCB Brul | Year Posted 2022


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Date: 6/21/2022 12:17:00 PM

Oh JCB I love your ekphrasis poems especially this one that takes us beyond the face of Van Gogh into his introspection beyond his eyes. Congratulations on your high placement on the BNP poems list! It is wonderful to see it there! Blessings!
Date: 6/8/2022 7:49:00 AM

JC, Love this introspection and the gaze within! You have certainly captured the inner essence here. If all of these self portraits of Vincent could speak ! Imagine that! I read all of the letters Vincent and his brother Theo wrote back and forth. So much heart and questions held therein. Thank you for your comment on John's poem re my art. All the best to you, Susan :)
Date: 6/3/2022 12:54:00 AM

Your poetic portrait of Vincent taps into his personal uneasiness with himself. I learned a lot about him while visiting his museum in Amsterdam. Sadly he thought himself a failure. How shocked he would be today to know how beloved his paintings have become. You capture his wild spirit in this marvelous poem. I really hope Brian honors this high on his list. A Fave from me! Blessings xxoo
Date: 6/2/2022 7:57:00 PM

He was a fascinating person and artist. Love this.
Date: 5/31/2022 1:40:00 PM

A "Wonderful/Creative" write. I wish you would write more. I hope you are OK. Have a great/blessed day writing away.......................
Date: 5/23/2022 4:21:00 AM

What an exciting analysis of the portrait of Van Gogh. I have fallen in love with your Ekpharsis, Brul. Congratulations dear friend ......