Vincent Van Gogh 36 - A Wave Of Passion Poem by Geeta Radhakrishna Menon

Vincent Van Gogh 36 - A Wave Of Passion

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Back in his room at Denise's bakery,
Vincent placed his new drawings on the table.
Looking at it, he felt he had made shabby sketches.
He copied them into a new sheet of paper,
Improving and refining his drawings.
A sudden excitement gripped Vincent.
He wanted to see pictures all around him.
It was like a wave of passion,
Rushing, gushing all over his being.
He craved for art and paintings!

He recalled the work of his favourites -
Rembrandt, Millet, Jules Dupre,
Delacroix and Maris. And many others too.
He remembered he had a good collection
Of paintings, lithographs and etchings.
He felt nostalgic of the moments spent
In the art museums of London and Amsterdam.
That evening, Vincent simply forgot to be sad.
His thoughts were only of beautiful paintings
And the possibilities of countless artistic creations!

The artistic thoughts were like a lullaby,
That put him into a pleasant, peaceful sleep.
He got up refreshed at two-thirty in the morning,
Dressed up, picked up his pencil, sheets of paper,
Managed a rough board from the bakery kitchen as well,
And then, walked towards the Marcasse mine.
He sat on the same old, rusty iron wheel,
And started to sketch the miners rapidly.
This time, he managed to sketch five figures,
But, alas! all of them were without a face!

Vincent was unable to catch the expressions
Of the miners in darkness. But their faces were etched
Deeply in his mind. When all the miners disappeared
From his sight, Vincent went back to his room.
He began to sketch the figures quickly,
On fresh sheets of paper, otherwise,
He would forget to record the first impression.
When he completed his sketches, he looked at them,
Found them to be clumsy, disproportionate and ugly.
Laughing at himself, he tore them all into bits & pieces.!

Biographical Poem!

Saturday, November 5, 2022
Topic(s) of this poem: true,story,personality,artistic work
This poem is a biographical poem on the famed painter- Vincent Van Gogh. All information on Vincent Van Gogh is taken and is based on two great books - ‘Lust for life' & ‘Dear Theo' - a biography and an autobiography respectively, penned by the famed American Author - Irving Stone. Dear friends and Poets, Thank you so much for reading this series on Vincent Van Gogh's life. I am ever grateful to all the poets who are reading these poems. I do hope you will continue to read them. Ever obliged for your kind comments.
LeeAnn Azzopardi 06 November 2022

Beautifully penned I learn something new each part

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MAHTAB BANGALEE 06 November 2022

Excellently penned the biography of artistic work through poetic diction; nice to read and enjoyable too

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Nosheen Irfan 06 November 2022

Genius is hardly satisfied. The doubts, the struggles, the pain of an artist are captured with great depth. I love this series! It's not easy being an artist. There's a lot to learn from Van Gogh 's life. Greatness comes with a price!

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Indira Renganathan 05 November 2022

Your passion and relentless work with biographical poems amaze me a lot Geeta...very interesting and informative write...God bless you

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Dr Dillip K Swain 05 November 2022

A very informative series about the great artist. I love the entire series dear madam. A very commendable endeavour.

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Richard Wlodarski 22 January 2023

Such a perfectionist! And maybe, that's what did him in!

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This magnificent episode carries itself to MyFavourites. Of course, Top Score.

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Birth of the artist, the painter named Van Gogh is depicted so very skilfully, in a most inimitable way, which only Geeta can do. " That evening, Vincent simply forgot to be sad.".. I don't have words to express my feelings on reading this line!

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M.J. Lemon 08 November 2022

This is a fantastic series, Geeta. You have me thinking that Van Gogh might have deliberately obscured the miners' faces to dwell on concealed inner qualities.

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Pallab Chaudhury 06 November 2022

Beautifully painted all the events... well done! Thanks for sharing with us. With best wishes./PC

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