red roofs (tale weaver 28)

Image: Rooftops (1882); Artist: Vincent van Gogh; Source:

Unclench jaw. Open eyes.

Red rooftops undulating against the smoke-covered sky.

Bracing back against tiles, slip towards the eaves.

Feet in mid-air. Fluttering like curtains caressed by breeze.

Agricultural-green flecked horizon.

Ancient ways of touch-creativity.

Wood speaks to carpenter. He responds.

Industrial buildings partly shrouded by pollard willows.

Crematorium of uniqueness. Charnel house of crafts.

Sliding away. Moving on. Close eyes. Mime for glass

Slipping out. Feet touch hushed hardwood floor.


The Starry night awaits.

  Image:  The Starry Night; Artist: Vincent van Gogh Source:

Tale Weaver 28: art & artist

@phylor 2015


16 thoughts on “red roofs (tale weaver 28)

  1. mj6969 September 2, 2015 / 1:29 pm

    This was a really well done work Phylor – I really liked how you weaved through bits and pieces of his life’s story and how you crafted feelings of the isolation, the loneliness, the despair – the underlying frustration and yet the relief …. really captures part of the essence of Van Gogh.


    • phylor September 2, 2015 / 9:35 pm

      Thank you.
      Vincent as always fascinated me — his paintings and his life. Sad to think that he not receive recognition or appreciation for his extraordinary abilities until he was gone.

      Liked by 1 person

    • phylor August 30, 2015 / 10:28 am

      I have never seen it. I will follow the you tube link. I do think I have seen some of Kurosawa’s films (if I remember the name correctly) which are incredibly powerful.


      • Bastet August 30, 2015 / 11:09 am

        Yes, he’s made some extraordinary films … this is one of my favourites.


  2. summerstommy2 August 27, 2015 / 8:05 pm

    Excellent and I did love that expression ‘Crematorium of uniqueness’. Another challenging prompt, well done on that score..


    • phylor August 27, 2015 / 8:25 pm

      I wanted to use Vincent, and came across this painting which I had never seen before. is an imaginative venture for discovery.


  3. Valida Faire August 27, 2015 / 5:36 pm

    Well you stole my artist/art! Excellent, Phylor–you could have written this one for me. So well done and relate-able.


    • phylor August 27, 2015 / 8:22 pm

      Oh dear, I didn’t mean to be a thief. Glad that it resonated with you. I’m sure there is enough Vincent to go around if you would like to write your version.


      • Valida Faire August 27, 2015 / 8:28 pm

        I was just kidding with you, friend–yes, there’s PLENTY Vincent to go around if I decide to write…. :)


        • phylor August 27, 2015 / 8:38 pm

          Oops,I was being playful. :\
          With Vincent there are so many possible stories. At I discovered so many of his works I hadn’t seen before. The images can be played chronologically, watching the artist as they saw the world as time passed them by.


          • Valida Faire August 27, 2015 / 9:48 pm

            He’s definitely a kindred spirit of mine–I’ve read multiple biographies, and his “Letters to Theo” is beyond description. So much brilliance and suffering, such a sincere heart…and not acknowledged till death; the world is cold.


            • phylor August 28, 2015 / 10:40 am

              There is a fine line between creativity and madness. Van Gogh is such an example.
              At you can follow his work chronologically which is fascinating to see where each piece of his puzzle fits.
              There was a wonderful episode in Dr. Who when Amy and the Doctor go back in time to visit Vincent — bittersweet like his life.
              Hope things are muddling along for you. Keep thinking about how you are doing.


              • Valida Faire August 28, 2015 / 4:47 pm

                Things are vastly improved as of yesterday. I think of you daily, and pray for Light to lift the burdens.


                • phylor August 28, 2015 / 8:02 pm

                  I’m glad yesterday brought improvement to you and your situation. Hang in there, as clique as it may sound. Better days are coming!


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