The Wind Keeps its Secrets


His sable brush gave birth to a blue
so blue it was almost bruised,
and there an iv’ry, there a white,
He saw with just one ear but all his soul.

Come summer irises bloomed, Poplars
swayed and van Gogh captured the splendor,
He painted wind, turning
its force to vision, art’s epiphany.

His Poplars kept vigil through other
summers, the bearded irises reigned
regal in their plot. Who
knows the how or the why? It had  to be.

Spring breezes whisper ‘his torment’s end’,
Summer thunder booms ‘a childish prank’;
By whose hands was it done?
Some say that genius is always weak,

Some say he found his peace.

(van Gogh died on July 29, 1890/  It has always been assumed that he shot himself in the chest, wishing to end his life. However, his biographers Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith argue that van Gogh did not commit suicide  but was shot accidentally by a boy he knew who had “a malfunctioning gun”. I read that a group of boys were heckling Van Gogh, as was their usual sport, and their intent was not to harm him but just to scare him.  It is claimed he exonerated them before his death, verifying that the gun had misfired.)


6 thoughts on “The Wind Keeps its Secrets

  1. Oh, this poem took my breath away, Sarah! The last two lines gave me goosebumps. Vincent’s art and story has always resonated strongly with me. Have you seen the movie “Vincent and Theo”? It’s one of my favorites about Van Gogh. Blessings to you for your beautiful spirit and poetic heart and soul. XO ❤

  2. Diane,

    van Gogh left us so many treasures; I wish he could have had
    an easier, happier life. I am such a fan of his work. I have not
    seen that movie and shall look for it on DVD.

    Thank you for being here and for leaving me revved with positive vibes.


  3. Jane Thorne

    Such words Sarah..there is much strength is putting creativity out there…in whatever form. What a legacy he left and I so love Irises. You words are very powerful indeed. Huge hugs and much ❤ flowing to you xX

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