Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Marianne Szlyk writes

Northbound after the Heatwave

Coils of hay darken.

Longed for rain lashes the bus

heading to DC.

Outside the thick air

clots lungs. Inside we breathe

cool air; we shiver.

The bus moans, a ship

braving vast waves. East wind drives

leaves onto the road.

Mountains dissolving,

riders sleep, play games, text friends.

Rain and fog close in.

Mountains dissolved, rain

stops. Fog clings to leaves, fades to

touch. We live by sight.

Above, clouds shred, take

on colors of Van Gogh’s crow,

blue jay, mourning dove.

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Wheatfield with Crows [detail] -- Vincent van Gogh

Wheatfield with Crows -- Vincent van Gogh


  1. In 1934 Irving Stone published "Lust for Life," a fictional biography of Vincent van Gogh in which the painter killed himself a day after painting "Wheatfield with Crows." Certainly the picture has an ominous quality, with the murder of crows -- traditional harbingers of death in many cultures -- flying into the distance in the stormy sky. The dead-end path. "I had no difficulty in expressing sadness and extreme solitude," he wrote to his brother about the picture. The idea was perpetuated in Vincente Minelli's 1956 adaptation of the book, and has become part of the cultural landscape. Brent Roske recast van Gogh's life in the context of the modern music industry in his 2002 movie "Wheatfield with Crows" and Clint Mansell included his song "Wheatfield with Crows" on his 2017 album "Loving Vincent." Even John Berger perpetuated the belief in his magisterial 1972 book on art criticism "Ways of Seeing." However, it was painted on 10 July 1890, over 2 weeks before his suicide.

    1. Recent history of Vincents Death report that a young boy shot him by accident in the stomache. He crawled to his doctor friends house and begged him not to implicate the small gang of kids that Vincent knew and who taunted him as he painted the picutre Wheatfield with Crows.


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