Twelve Gorgeous Sunflowers

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A poem I wrote for my English class about Vincent Van Gogh's Still Life: Vase With Twelve Sunflowers, I believe it is the third edition of that painting. Whatever the case, it is the picture I will
use for the cover.

In Van Gogh’s famous Still Life: Vase With Twelve Sunflowers,

Brilliant yellow hues come alive.

Twelve gorgeous sunflowers,

Against a background of pale blue.

The painter’s name scrawled

Across the vase’s side, like an afterthought.

Deep crimson centers pop against gold,

And lively greens lurk in between.

The upper flowers drink,

Shimmering light full of glittering nourishment,

However, upon further inspection, the lower flowers droop gloomily,

Echoing the mental state of their creator.

Poor Vincent suffered,

From shadowy demons of his mind’s creation.

He struggled through the darkness alone,

Like many before and after.

And like hundreds of thousands through history,

Instead of receiving the help they needed,

They were ridiculed and ostracized,

Hidden away in lonely corners.

For centuries any care they were given

Was more akin to torture.

Unethical ‘treatments’, electroshock,

A hundred levels of horror.

Like the sunflowers, eerily blocked from the sun,

Overshadowed by healthier beings,

These suffering people constantly struggle

Against their inner demons,

Called liars -

Because no one else can see it.

Both flowers and people fight for life and recognition,

But are ignored because their illness acts without a trace -

Though the pain is completely real.

In the shadows, sunflowers and people cower,

Cries for help smothered,

By brighter and prettier things.

The pale blue doesn’t calm them;

It’s what fills their insides.

Wilting sunflowers, wilting people,

There isn’t really much of a difference.


Submitted: March 16, 2018

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