autumn afternoon…
I walk around inside
a Van Gogh

17 Responses

  1. Dirk van Nouhuys Says:

    I'm reminded of the wonderful episode in Kurosawa's movie Dreams were a starstruck fan steps into a van Gogh painting. He eventually accosts van Gogh at work with brush and canvas in a field. His hero brushes him off wanting to continue his work.

  2. Ed Bremson Says:

    wow, so many responses / interpretations. Nice one, many thanks

  3. Sheila Sondik Says:

    I'm enjoying reading this with different meanings in mind. The speaker feels as if he's in a Van Gogh painting as he's surrounded by fall foliage. And/or he's confined indoors, but enjoys autumn by meditating on a Van Gogh reproduction (or an original in a museum).

  4. Ed Bremson Says:

    thank you Sheila, I think you get it :)

  5. Jo Says:

    I like your haiku very much.
    it could go either way as Sheila suggests. Walking through Provence and following in Van Gogh's footsteps gave many momentous occasions of being in his paintings. I often feel like looking at one of his paintings long enough, I enter as well.
    Thank you.

  6. Ed Bremson Says:

    Many thanks. Grateful for the different responses. For me, sometimes, autumn colors can seem like Van Gogh colors. Speaking of paintings, I was lucky enough to see Starry Night in person once on a visit to MOMA in NYC. It is breathtaking and memorable in person, a truly great life experience.

  7. Sten Svensson Says:

    Having seen the animated movie Loving Vincent, that must be part of my reading. But it is not the essence. This is the final rendering of autumn colours. It can't be a Gaugain for example, to look in the immediate vicinity. That would be Summer. And it actually cannot be Summer, either. Or spring. A perfect match!

  8. Mike Schoenburg Says:

    autumn leaves fall
    the old stripper
    sheds her clothes ???

  9. pbergonzi Says:


  10. Joanne Morcom Says:

    Yes, this haiku reminds me of the movie Loving Vincent, as well as the song Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) by Don McLean. "Now I understand, what you tried to say to me …"

  11. Alan Bridges Says:

    One of my favorites ever.


  12. edbremson Says:

    wow! thank you Alan. Sometimes autumn colors rival those of Van Gogh, so one afternoon last year I truly felt blessed to be experiencing the color explosion of fall. Thanks again.

  13. Mojde Says:


    Autumn Scenery
    The way Van Gough

  14. Alan Summers Says:

    I've written a lot of haiku about Van Gogh, and the people who come to those exhibitions, such as Tate Britain recently, are very different, and inspiring in their own right.

    I've enjoyed writing two haibun about the Tate Britain exhibition, one in Weird Laburnum and one in current issue of Blithe Spirit (British Haiku Society) where two other writers have their own haibun too! It's a very special issue.

    autumn afternoon…
    I walk around inside
    a Van Gogh


    Reminds me of when I was at the Van Gogh museum, and it was just me and two other people because a special comparative exhibition was in the next wing of Van Gogh and Edvard Munch, with a party (we caught up with it later) and I could "walk" around Wheatfields up close and privately, with no protective glass in the frame. The brushstrokes continue to be deeply impressive and moving even two millimetres away from them!

    So loving the haiku Mr Bremson!

    Alan Summers
    Call of the Page

  15. Ed Bremson Says:

    Many thanks Alan

  16. Ed Bremson Says:

    Many thanks Alan. Your comments mean so much to me

  17. Alan Summers Says:

    Thank you, that's very kind! :-)

    warm regards,

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