late summer
make their entrance


4 Responses

  1. Alan Summers Says:

    Lovely haiku!

    Sunflowers are incredible, whether in a pot, or standing six feet tall. I still remember visiting a whole field of sunflowers to this day!

    This haiku is about a time when I was being filmed, and we discovered a mysterious bunch of sunflowers.

    such old steps
    I water the sunflowers
    for Van Gogh

    Alan Summers
    Stardust Issue 9 – September 2017

  2. martin1223 Says:

    Reminded of his Mulberry tree painting when I was walking to work and passed the Absecon wetlands in New Jersey:

    wetland shore
    the maple ripples
    with the sky

  3. Alan Summers Says:

    Cool! Great comparison with the painting and the wetlands you had witnessed in New Jersey.

    When Karen organised a week in Amsterdam, in the Museum Quarter, (September 2015) we didn't know there was the Van Gogh/Munch comparative exhibition with a terrific party! We decided to go to the launch party much later, as the other wing was incredibly quiet and I had wheatfields to myself for a long time.

    Since then I've published numerous haiku. I also had published two haibun about the Tate Britain "EY EXHIBITION VAN GOGH AND BRITAIN" exhibition (27 MARCH – 11 AUGUST 2019) using a new 'haiku/haibun' writing technique.

    But here is my very first Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum haiku which I posted onto my Area 17 blog rather than have it published:

    the crows changing
    into their colours

    Alan Summers

    It was written that way because there was no glass protection and I could lean in to about two millimetres away. I had asked permission! :-)

    The brushstrokes are as detailed and vivid close up and I could see how the crows 'emerged' from the wheat or the wheat 'created' the crows.

    warm regards,


    The link to my Area 17 post is in my name.

  4. Ellen Grace Olinger Says:

    Wonderful poem – thank you

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