Friday, July 18, 2014

Flowers at church

Sunflowers on either side
of the altar, black centers
fringed in yellow, looking
upward as they tend to do,
upward to find the sun,
sunflowers from Arles
painted repeatedly
as he slipped into madness
painted originally
by God.
Was God in the yellow house,
the yellow room in Arles,
the odd-shaped room
and the odd-shaped man
in the odd-shaped house
on Place Lamartine,
in Arles.

 Paintings: Top, Vase with Twelve Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh (1888); bottom, The Yellow House in Arles by Vincent Van Gogh (1888).

1 comment:

Dolly @Soulstops said...

I have visted Arles but not the yellow house...enjoyed your poem, Glynn :)