Grey Inside (the Rijks)

Floating, sitting, waiting,
Parceling thought
Adrift in van Ruisdael’s cloudy landscapes
Soul, mind, spirit, imagination, heart
Stuff of madness ill explained:

Simultaneously awash in Van Gogh’s fragile Sadness
Sea of yellow pulling at cardiomyopathic tendril’s tales

Of yesterday
An escape
To a view of Haarlem

From the Northwest
With American senses
Eyes away

Hallucinatory driven glances
Clouds moving
Across azure, no, grey skies of blue

Challenged to craft into words what the Artist
Created that lives on
To create in the viewer
Centuries later
Across space and time

Like the clouds sweeping the Dutch
Azure sky of blue, no grey
On a day without rain.

Handcrafted poetry by John M. Hines written in the Rijk’s Museum’s Gallery of Honour,  Amsterdam, March, 2017IMG_1241


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