Photo by Candia Dixon-Stuart
Van Gogh’s Olive Trees with the Alpilles in the Background, MOMA. Wikimedia
One leap! I achieved immortality.
Those flickering olives absorbed his eye.
I chose my sticky end mortality.
He was focussed on that Provencale sky.
The Dutch would use my forebears as a trope:
insect as memento mori (foreground)
but into his painting I interlope,
en plein air, in one bold cicadic bound.
Over-looked for more than a hundred years
by many an art critic, with eye glass,
in the same way as Vincent’s own ideas
were unacknowledged by that dealer class,
now we have received our recognition.
In his painting, I made my impression.