Saturday, November 3, 2012

Prairie Fire



I think of Van Gogh cutting
off his ear after gnarling
the olive trees in paint, continuing
his disagreement with Monet, arguing
by other means less painful, less
dramatic, less temporal, more
eternal. I have no knife, no brush,
no argument with Monet; only
a match, lit, with which to turn
the prairie’s painted landscape,
its yellowed paper brittleness,
into flame.

This poem is submitted to the Poetics prompt at dVerse Poets. Hosted today by Brian Miller, the prompt is to select any one of a number of posted photographs by Sue Ann. To see the other photographs (cool stuff) and the poems submitted, please visit dVerse Poets.

Photograph by Sue Ann. Used with permission.

17 comments:

Mary said...

I loved that Sue Ann's work took to Van Gogh and Money! I am sure she would be very pleased.3

Laurie Kolp said...

Amazing, Glynn... I can see the wildness in this piece and am also amazed that this drew you to Van Gough and Monet.

Brian Miller said...

careful now...once that fire starts you never know where it might end up....smiles...def a little wild and cool connections to the artists glynn...

vivinfrance said...

I like where you went with this one.

Heaven said...

I like the burning of the olive trees, the painted landscape, into flame ~ Nice one Glynn ~

mefeedyoume said...

"I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee" (Ezekiel 28:18)- nice perspective

festivalking said...

I enjoyed your poem... the picture spoke well to you :)

anotherwanderingsoul said...

wow, van gogh and monet... that is definitely a great inspiration.
loved how you connected them to the picture, great work!

henryclemmons said...

I was going to start with wow, until I noticed the previous comment did. But I so loved this. The contrast and likeness was so real and well presented, and the threat of fire, very intense, taken in any sense. Excellente work. One of my favs this Saturday!

nance said...

Life in the 1800's.

pandamoniumcat said...

Yes it's very much like Van Gogh's paintings. Thoroughly enjoyed your poem.

Lisa said...

All one needs is a spark, and life transforms.

lucychili said...

yes it feels like burning doesn't it

marousia said...

:) love the intertextuality in tis - the tanget to Van Gogh
:)

SueAnn Lommler said...

What a beautiful poem. Thanks for using one of my pics...what an honor,.
Thanks so much
Hugs
SueAnn

Sabio Lantz said...

no, no, put that match out ! please.
Smile

seacamels said...

Absolutely vivid beautiful! Shall return to it.