Yellow (haiga)

We are given paintings by Van Gogh as inspiration.

Here are Chevrefeuille’s haiku in response to the painting, The Yellow House, 1988, Vincent Van Gogh


the yellow house
a sturdy rock in a man’s life –
the cry of a child

the cry of a child
seeing the rainbow for the first time
‘I want to cross that’

© Chèvrefeuille

This is the house where Van Gogh and Gauguin stayed. Van Gogh painted the sunflower series to adorn Gaugain’s room.

Here are my haiku inspired by this painting:

token gesture
sunflowers in the guest room
the yellow house

the yellow house
echoes dark secrets
between two men

© Tournesol’15

Vincent Van Gogh.  Langlois Bridge at Arles with Women Washing, 1888. Wikimedia.

Van Gogh loved this bridge because it reminded him of both Hiroshige and a bridge in his homeland.

Here is Paloma’s stunning series inspired by this painting:

morning washing –
the scent of yellow grass
clinging to my hem

long into morning –
the scent of mud and green things
baked on yellow stones  © Paloma ’15

Here is my attempt:

toiling at daybreak
women washing work clothes/ 
scent of lye

gathering their skirts/
languidly sitting on flat rocks
under the bridge

© Tournesol ’15

Carpe Diem Time Machine Yellow

18 thoughts on “Yellow (haiga)”

    1. These prompts allows us to not only learn but to explore a bit …I had not realized Gaugin lived in that Yellow house and that Van Gogh painted sunflowers in Gaugin`s bedroom! Et des tournesols en plus!! 🙂


  1. It’s really a joy to challenge you all at cdhk with gorgeous paintings and especially paintings by Van Gogh and the resukts are really awesome … February has brought wonderful haiku and tanka already … thanks for your part …


    1. The impressionists are wonderful prompts, Kristjaan…and with the dreary Feb and winter that we are getting a bit weary, these colours were a nice distraction:)


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