Van Gogh’s Skull

Pain  ted Ladies

layer on the w  hit  e chalk,

pin  ks, yell   ows, greens,

pen  cil the eyes in black

and   dance the Macabre.

Painted La  dies

mo  oooan a cry as they para  de

with their fa  ces still

as a Russ  ian Doll’s.

Va  cant eyes stare—

they’re sc  ared of laugh   ter

in case their   cocoon cr

acks as their white wr

  ink 

les be  tray them.

Skirts billow aroun  d skele  tal ankles

to rev   eal a casket.

By Isabel Tyldesley.

This poem was inspired by that of ‘Skull‘ by Vincent Van Gogh, painted May 1887.

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