Paging Vincent Van Gogh

Hybrid sunflowers
big time flower power.
Fast growing giant Kong,
Bashful Lemon Queen,
bold eye catching.
Ms. Mars, uncommonly gorgeous.
Elf, compact charmer
and Little Becka too.
Madly floriferous Candy,
Strawberry Blonde, Frilly
and Crimson Blaze,
dazzle with sensuous high definition.
Sunny Bunch, Honey Bears
precious beauties,
incredible lovable faces.
All flummoxed on your easel,
sowed one quarter inch deep
in oil, denied full sun,
borders and beds.
Your fame, their demise.

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Written for Day 6 NaPoWriMo, using day five’s prompt: Create a poem using words from a seed catalogue. This is from Burpee’s 2016 catalogue, pages for sunflowers. All words, including title, are exactly as written in Burpee’s except for those italicized. Kong, Bashful, Lemon Queen, Ms. Mars, Elf, Little Becka, Candy, Strawberry Blonde, Frilly, Crimson Blaze, Sunny Bunch, and Honey Bears are all hybrid sunflower varieties. I do love the Found Poetry genre. Photo: from beautiful Cape Cod’s Provincetown, several years ago. 

10 thoughts on “Paging Vincent Van Gogh

    • lillian April 7, 2016 / 7:49 am

      My favorite flower! Who knew there were this many hybrids? And I wonder who named them?

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  1. whimsygizmo April 6, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    Love love LOVE. I have sunflowers in my kitchen, right now. They have lasted since just before Easter. Hearty, gorgeous little suckers.

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    • lillian April 7, 2016 / 7:51 am

      They just make you smile, right?


    • lillian April 7, 2016 / 7:53 am

      🙂 Those words were really in the seed catalogue! Did you know they’re a “smart” flower? If you drive by a field of them in the AM, their heads are facing in one direction…..and then if you drive by them in the afternoon, they’re facing the other direction. Their heads actually turn to get the sun! 🙂 Looks like giant yellow faces following the sun 🙂


  2. AnnMarie Roselli-Kissack April 7, 2016 / 4:49 am

    Oh, Lillian-
    I have a special little place in my heart reserved for my pal Vincent
    this was sweet and charming-I adore the clever idea of sowing wonderful seed names into thick impasto paint-such was the marvel of Van Gogh-such is the marvel of your words here

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    • lillian April 7, 2016 / 7:55 am

      His Sunflowers — my very first “art poster” bought for my teenager room. I wonder how many such rooms and dorm rooms are decorated with that poster? Did you know there is an ARB room to rent that is done up exactly like the painting of this blue room with the sunflowers? 🙂 Sipping my morning coffee this AM….have a wonderful day!


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