The Dark Inside the Light
There is dark inside the light.
The crows are storm-black eye-brows.
Their wings fly as frowns across the roiling-yellow Wheatfield.
Are they flying towards a new horizon?
Or are they winging away from the inescapable
In the troubled sky, the Prussian blue
as your urgent brush-strokes quickened
an apocalypse of thoughts.
The blue-light clouds are two clenched fists &
the line of wheat and cataclysm.
these unknown threats knuckle towards
The twig-thin wheat! Your thumb, index and middle fingers
propelled the brush across the canvas in
short, sharp movements
as if dipping a twig in a pot
of chrome or
as if visions moved you across the
dome of turmoil.
Are these your dreams’ screams & squalls?
Or are you painting a utopia
*Seventeen days after van Gogh completed Wheatfield with Crows, he shot himself in the same field.
Peter Mitchell is the author of the poetry chapbooks, Conspiracy of Skin (Ginninderra Press, 2018) & The Scarlet Moment (Picaro Press, 2009). Living in Bundjalung Country (Lismore, NSW), he writes poetry, memoir, short fiction, essays & literary criticism. Conspiracy of Skin was awarded a Highly Commended in the prestigious 2019 Wesley Michel Wright Prize for Poetry & his poetry has appeared in Verity La, The Blue Nib (Ireland) & Soft Blow (Singapore), among others. His first full poetry collection, The Loam of Memory seeks a publisher. His website is www.petermitchellwriter.com.au.
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