Hearthful of Flames

‘Someone has a great fire in his soul and nobody ever comes to warm themselves at it, and passers-by see nothing but a little smoke at the top of the chimney and then go on their way’ – Vincent van Gogh

A fire roared in his soul.
All his neighbours saw was smoke;
they gossiped and had a little joke
on his behalf,
not feeling the heat of his passion,
the flames in his hearth.
He was born to glitter
once his star had expired.

Kim M. Russell, 2018

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Peasant-woman sitting at the Hearth-fire, Vincent van Gogh

My response to dVerse Poets Pub Quadrille: Let’s Fire it Up

Our host for the Quadrille this week is the Quadrille Queen, De, and she has chosen a flame of a word!


43 thoughts on “Hearthful of Flames

  1. Such a lovely tribute to Van Gogh!💖 I love the simplicity with which you describe the fire burning within one’s soul 💖 Beautifully rendered.

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  2. I cannot begin to tell you how much I (love? admire? feel strongly about) Van Gogh. There was such passion in his soul that just demanded to be expressed and respected. I think experiences he went through with his failed relationships, his failed ministry with the miners had such an effect on him. You really lit a fire in me with this one.I want to sit down for a chat with him in whatever heaven/next life brings to us. Care to join us? We’ll wait. :0)

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