returned from painting
naked south seas women
to tend his friend
Van Gogh.

The painting turned out better
than his ministrations.
Perhaps our present crisis
will propel us to a better future

of worldwide topless
tropical beauty.
A mango in every pot.
Coconut water from the tap.

No stress. No fear.
No tan lines.


(From Paul Gauguin’s “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?” currently in the Museum of Fine Art Boston via Living Poetry’s February Visual Poetry Prompt. Note: the bit about Gauguin and Van Gogh is mostly poetic license.)

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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7 Responses to Gauguin

  1. JeanMarie says:

    The benefits of global warming?

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  2. gentraveling says:

    The last line put a smile on my face. No tan lines!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. No tan lines! Brilliant!

    Liked by 1 person

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