Sunday, 13 April 2014

                                           The Potato Eaters by Vincent Van Gogh

Spirit is breathless
Scanning and following rhythm
Plunge into free verse

Perspectives and lines
Grammatical art and craft
Potato Eaters* smile

Classic notes rule well
No strumming, drumming, humming
Add words and bring joy

Black calendar dates
To tie us up with routine
Sunday is red…YAY

*: 'Let them prattle on about technique as much as they like in their pharisaic, hollow, hypocritical terms--true painters are guided by the consciousness known as sentiment. Their souls, their minds are not there for the brush, the brush is there for their minds'………this was Vincent Van Gogh’s reaction to the critics who failed to appreciate Van Gogh’s sincerity to portray peasants” at their most purest and most primitive living in harmony with their unspoiled natural environment”.

Posted for Grace’s prompt @ Real Toads “Sunday Mini-challenge: Routines, smeared by orange juice
Shared with Poetry Pantry @ Poets United


  1. This took some giant leaps in my head, but left me with a smile on my face. Well done!

  2. Your poem evokes lots of thought, Sumana. I think Van Gogh proved his critics wrong....

  3. His writing sounds even more to the point in the original Dutch.
    BTW,I never thought of the people round the lamp as smiling. Maybe I missed something.
    Never realized how effective haiku can be when strung together like this. Well done.

    1. you are right jo-hanna...they never smiled but the creator of the potato eaters did when appreciated duly..
      thanks for stopping by :)

  4. i will take a red day if it means there is less to do and jus tmore to enjoy

  5. More often than not it is a denial when they refuse to understand fully the situation and shove their way through! Nicely Sumana!


  6. I like Sunday being red, which I take to mean as being free of work and routines ~ I appreciate the background notes on Van Gogh ~

    Thanks for linking up with Real Toads Sunday Challenge ~ Wishing you Happy Sunday ~

  7. I saw this painting in Amsterdam about two decades ago.
    "Add words and bring joy" - wonderful motto!

  8. I enjoyed this poem, Sumana. You have used an interesting angle on the idea of routine.

  9. i love how you connected poem with this painting. wonderfully done!

  10. Such a wisdom in your verses, Sumana. And the picture and words about VVG all match well.

  11. We can be shaken up and still find our way as long as we don't lose ourselves--wonderful write!

  12. I love "Sunday is red. YAY"!!! Enjoy your Sunday, Sumana!

  13. The opening line "Spirit is breathless" - Wonderful!

  14. Interesting write, excellent team up image, have a nice Sunday;image ; thanks for stopping over at my blog

    Much love...

  15. Sundays are it. Great place for a stop sign. :)

  16. A celebration...I love it!!

  17. I especially like that final line :) ~

  18. This painting resonates with me which I frist saw as a child. It shrieked poverty fatigue injustice and togetherness.A work of art may be technically clever but if it does not emit feeling it has failed.

  19. I loved each one of it Sumana...
    And the last one brought a smile in my face :)

  20. Each line is so beautifully written Sumana....Well done! :)


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