Jane Flanders

(March 26, 1940 – April 12, 2001 / Waynesboro, Pennsylvania)

Jane Flanders Poems

1. Van Gogh's Bed 9/30/2015
Best Poem of Jane Flanders

Van Gogh's Bed

is orange,
like Cinderella's coach, like
the sun when he looked it
straight in the eye.

is narrow, he sleeps alone,
tossing between two pillows,
while it carried him
bumpily to the ball.

is clumsy,
but friendly. A peasant
built the frame; and old wife beat
the mattress till it rose like meringue.

is empty,
morning light pours in
like wine, melody, fragrance,
the memory of happiness.

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