Vincent’s Lament

Starry, swirling sapphires
Shady Silent sleeping
Starry Starry Nights

paintings conflict loveliness

Honey sunshine poms
Heavy fanning blooms
Vincent’s Simple Sunflowers

lonely displaced shunned

Simple cheerful façade
Favored luminous function
Little Yellow House

Stepping away from stories and going back to my love, poetry. One of my favorite artist is Vincent Van Gogh. His art is visually poetic and creating a poem about the artist and his art was a challenge. I chose three paintings for the poem; Starry Night, Sunflowers and The Bedroom. The idea was formed from a Trifecta prompt.

Trifecta’s Week Thirty-three Trifextra prompt:

The Rule of Three is a writing principle that asserts that, in writing, groups of three have the most impact. This week’s challenge is to write 33 words using the Rule of Three somewhere among them. It is up to you to interpret the rule, just make sure to use exactly 33 words.

Trifextra: Week Thirty-Three


8 comments on “Vincent’s Lament

  1. Lance says:

    perfect meter and beautiful language.

    very well done


    • debseeman says:

      Poetry muscles are different than literary/fiction muscles. It took me longer to write these 33 words than it did to write the 333 for the Trifecta post. It was fun working on something different.


  2. You did a great deal with those 33 words. I am a fan of his paintings – you took us into each of the scenes and the emotions, both evident and subtle. Brilliant job, thanks for sharing


  3. jannatwrites says:

    I love the uniqueness of choosing to write about three paintings. This had a beautiful flow and rhythm to it. Nice job!


  4. Cameron says:

    Oh, Vincent! This is a lovely tribute.


    • debseeman says:

      He was an amazing artist and so tortured and vilified by the people of his community. I found out, while writing this piece, there will be an exhibit of his work at the Denver Art Museum. I’m pretty sure I’m going the make the five hour drive to see his works in person.


  5. you repainted the images beautifully (: i particularly liked the first stanza


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