Beth Camp Historical Fiction

Monday, October 21, 2019

OctPoWriMo #21: Don't Go Screaming . . .

Don’t go screaming into the wind.
Boundaries and routines are meant to be tested,
and we test them.
Van Gogh knew this as he painted his way
into what others could not see.
Sometimes if we cross a line,
we can’t go back.
Perhaps we'll be measured by what we can accomplish,
by our failures, and by those times,
we give into sorrow and joy.

Vincent Van Gogh (Wikipedia)
I remember standing in the rain for three hours to see an exhibit of Vincent Van Gogh's works at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, several decades ago. Perhaps Don McLean's song, "Vincent," captures the essence of this artist's life and works, what it took to create his paintings, and his influence that crosses so many boundaries.

https://youtu.be/oxHnRfhDmrk


Tomorrow's prompt: Broken pieces.

You can visit OctPoWriMo at http://www.octpowrimo.com/ to read what others have written. Thank you, Morgan DragonwillowMichelle VecchittoEsther Jones, and Maria L. Berg for hosting this month-long poetry challenge. 


4 comments:

  1. Interesting insights into crossing the line. I love Van Gogh and to think he never sold a single painting in his life time.He is an inspiration to what is considered failure. Enjoyed your poem.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. Your comment about Van Gogh being an inspiration to what is considered failure . . . hits at the heart of why I love his work and life, for he truly was perceived as a failure, but he remains, despite all, an inspiration.

      Delete
  2. Beth, I really LOVE this post--Vincent is my kindred spirit (along with Emily D). He cannot be celebrated enough, in my opinion. So... I opened a blogspot site, same title as the WP one--but user name is different, because I had a ready email to use. I gather we have to follow you by email, rather than clicking a Follow button? Maybe I'll just remind myself to check here frequently instead. Not sure I can manage posting on both blogs... Anyhoo, I just wanted to read and comment on your fine work!

    ReplyDelete
  3. PS: Neglected to tell you, I'm Avia from The Friday Sparrow!

    ReplyDelete