The theme for today’s 21 Days/21 Poems is flowers.
Vincent Van Gogh, the sunflower man
cut off his ear when Paul Gaugin
wouldn’t stay to paint with him
in southern France.
I burnt my veil and wedding dress
scarred both my cheeks
along my arms with cigarettes.
We both needed a man to stay.
You think it was
loneliness? I don’t
think so. Madness
has always been my guess.
Source: Pamela Mordecai @ Jahworld
It’s not really about flowers :). We know that Vincent van Gogh suffered from mental illness. There are indications that he was already a self-harmer before the incident with his left ear. There has been much speculation, like this poem, as to exactly why van Gogh cut of his ear. This article at Times Online provides some insight into the issue.
Pamela Mordecai (born in 1942) is a Jamaican writer and poet. She has authored over thirty books, including books for childen. She lives in Toronto, Canada.