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Dear Theo

by Patrick John Mills


Vincent face the sun
  hold on to your gun
Can you hear me?
  see me?

I am a chair
I am a flower
Blowin’ in the open field
   Sunflower seeds harvesting
   inside of me

Raw Sienna
Cadmium yellow
and cobalt blue
  are the colours I choose
  What else can I do?

Vibrating grass
empty canvas
Now there is nothing left
but these cold paintings
     these vibrating portraits
and couples walking hand in hand

Dear Brother
  Do you understand?
  Do you have a light
  in this starry night?

(written 1994)

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