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China Blue

Updated on June 22, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

An odd sort of room in various stages of disarray

A partially curtained window seeps in light of day

A feeling of intense loneliness seems scattered about

A deep, empty sense of a tortured soul crying out

An old worn easel stands at the window by a chair

It surfaces marked by inspiration’s visits there

Brushes of size and shape, colors of every hue

A tired-looking old painter with eyes of china blue

An artist from childhood; His craft so well honed

Impressionist work with features like chiseled stone

Colors twisted into humanity magically taking life

Inspiration faced in pain; shaded by reality and strife

A virtual genius by the descriptions of those he knew

An insane, mad man driven mad as described by a few

His genius captured on the canvas is all so very clear

Insanity imaged by a missing portion of his left ear

An artist’s artist who on canvas captured views of life

Racked by illness, depression, and daily living strife

A man who wrestled life and tried to capture it in paint

Who could be called many things but never called a saint

The little room is empty now; inspiration left the chair

The art forms live on but the artist does not care

His name only a note in history but still a name you know

The genius and the blue-eyed mad man…Vincent Van Gogh

©Copyright WBrown 2012. All Rights Reserved

15 June 2012


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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @rahu0324...Thank you...I can only hope the poem will live on as long as the memory of Van Gogh. WB

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      Jessee R 

      6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      A brilliant poetic tribute indeed!

      Flawless and timeless Verse

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @K J Page....THANK YOU!!!! WB

      @Pamela99...Thanks so much, Pam. I try to write what my heart tells me. I am so pleased that you enjoyed it. WB

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love Van Gogh's painting and this is an fantastic tribute to him. Your poetry is genus, as unusual. Very enjoyable.

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      K J Page 

      6 years ago from Pacific Northwest


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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Gypsy Rose Lee....Thanks so much! That was the way I viewed him...genius wrapped about with a bit of chaos. WB

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. This is a great tribute to Van Gogh. Could just picture that room and him there painting. Passing this on.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @fpherj48...Too funny and what a coincidence, huh? WB

      @breakfastpop....Don McLean became a mega-star off two songs....American Pie and Vincent. But, oh my God, he does the classics oh so well. I envy you getting to see him! WB

      @adt719...You humble me with your words and I so glad to bring you this moment to complete your morning. Don't feel bad, I didn't get the connection at first either but I always loved the song. Music and lyrics touch my heart and bring out emotion in me. When I first began this piece, I only had a reference to colors and brushes thus I felt some inspiration to write about an eventually evolved to Van Gogh in a matter of hours. Once I had that connection, the poem came to me in a matter of minutes. Thanks so very much. WB

      @The Frog Prince...You know me, Jim and you see the madness! LOL! WB

      @drbj...Ah Gee, Doc! You touch my heart with that comment. There is a certain sadness for me with Van Gogh and I feel it so much when I listen to the song, "Vincent". Your words humble me. WB

      @Vellur...Thanks so much. I love to write of people who have touched our lives with their eternal existence in time. What a magic they bring to each of us just to be remembered for something in this life. We are all so capable yet so many do not know it and are not willing to discover it. Thanks much for those great words! WB

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Awesome a beautiful tribute. The very name is etched in history till the end of time. Another great poem.

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      With this loving, poetical tribute, Wayne, you may have finally brought a twinkle to Vincent's china blue eyes. Exceptional!

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      The Frog Prince 

      6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Great work. An artistic genius but quite mad.

      The Frog

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      6 years ago from Richardson TX

      Stunningly evocative in such a relatively small number of lines and words! I'm off in my world of thought thinking about china blue eyes. For me, blue eyes are synonymous with gentle masculinity. To add the paradox of the hardness, durability and timelessness of glazed china enriches my perspective on blue eyes. You enriched my experience with the slide show and song. I've listened to this song many, many times. But only this time did I get the Van Gogh connection so clearly. (Shame on me for not listening carefully?). I think I'll just listen to it one more time and just savor the place you've transported me to for a while longer. Memories of seeing so many of his paintings at the Musee D'Orsay in Paris, other museums, this slide show with stunnng visual quality. Thanks so much for brightening my morning.

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      6 years ago

      Love the poem, the artist and the song. In fact I just saw saw Don Mclean in person and the song moved me as always. Up beautiful and awesome.

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Wayne! My mom always said that "genius" and "madman" were one in the same! I can't believe you said that!

      We always thought she was trying to piss off our Dad, because he was a Genius.............not that mother would ever taunt or anything.......Cross my heart....HA!

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @CMerritt...Thanks much, Chris. This first stared with the random thought of "brushes and colors" passing through my mind. I had no idea as to the direction...first I thought of a painter, an artist type, then the tragedy that was Van Gogh and it all come together once I had that focus. WB

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      Chris Merritt 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Very good Wayne, an excellent tribute to a legend with a brush....also, LOVED that song too.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @CyberShelley...My favorite line from the song! Thanks much for the read and the good words! WB

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      Shelley Watson 

      6 years ago

      "...reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue" Thank you, for this truly beautiful poem and long may your 'wave of talent' continue!

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @fpherj48...Some say I am a genius...some say a madman! LOL! Thanks for the great words! WB

      @sen.sushi23....I always like to keep my titles related but somewhat vague...drawing the reader in but not giving away the subject. Thanks for the read and the good comments. WB

      @Jagged Frost...Thanks very much! WB

      @writer20...Thank you, Joyce. The inspiration just showed up on the door step and I ran with it. WB

      @Seafarermama....Thanks much. The song has always been a favorite of mine and played well into the inspiration. WB

      @billybuc...More like riding a surf board and catching a wave of talent...hoping I won't fall off! LOL! Thanks much, Bill. WB

      @teaches12345...I really did not know much of his history...just the odd stuff from here and there. I did a bit of reading, listen again to the song and went with my heart. Inspiration is a wonderful thing. Thanks much! WB

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      This is such a great tribute to the artist. You have captured the true spirit of his work.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are the artist my friend! A handsome piece of work by a man riding a wave of talent.

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      Karen A Szklany 

      6 years ago from New England

      Gorgeous poem about van Gogh, my favorite painter...his work is still very inspiring to me. I wrote a hub book review about a recent novel based on his relationship with Dr. Gachet.

      Thanks for this lovely tribute poem. The slide show with the Don McLean song is always a treat that I enjoy taking the time for!

      Voted Up, Awesome, and Beautiful :0)

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Excellent tribute poem for Van Gogh.

      Vote up and awesome.

      I hope you have a great weekend, Joyce.

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      6 years ago

      Nice tribute to van gogh

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      6 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Nice poetic tribute to a great artist. I was really surprised by the title, could never have guessed the subject from the title. Voted up.

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Wayne.......Outrageously fabulous....pure genius. I not only vote this up ++++....but it may just be my favorite thus far by you! Wow!


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