The Power of Artistry

Gustav, cloak me in yellow.
My golden mantle shimmers
as does my heart in your embrace.
Your mouth meets mine,
a kiss divine.

Surround me in yellow, Vincent.
Bouquet me with sunflowers.
Run beside me round yeasty haystacks.
Worry not my darling,
your works shall be loved

Dazzle me in yellow, William.
Ease my loneliness,
wander with me beneath cumulus clouds.
Dance with me, as daffodils do,
waving brightly in the hills we climb.

Someone, please, mesmerize us with yellow.
Glaze our eyes in sunshine.
Brush merriment into wildflower scenes.
Blend colors into happiness upon your palette.
Make this world a wondrous place.

Written for dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. Today Sarah asks us to consider the color yellow. My poem references The Kiss by Gustav Klimt; Sunflowers and Haystacks, both paintings by Vincent Van Gogh; and the poem Daffodils by William Wordsworth.

Art work images are in public domain. Daffodils image from

13 thoughts on “The Power of Artistry

  1. sarahsouthwest April 11, 2023 / 3:19 pm

    I love your yellow references, Lill – such joy! Nobody did yellow quite like Vincent, did they? Such an ebullient poem.


  2. Grace April 11, 2023 / 3:21 pm

    How joyful this sounds Lillian. Love the color palette and ode to the artists.


  3. sanaarizvi April 11, 2023 / 3:22 pm

    Such gorgeous, gorgeous referencing here, Lillian! I especially admire; “Dazzle me in yellow, William. Ease my loneliness, wander with me beneath cumulus clouds.” You rocked the prompt! 😍😍


  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) April 11, 2023 / 3:27 pm

    I think you made an excellent job in weaving all those artists together… the love of yellow is so apparent in Vincent’s paintings.


  5. kim881 April 11, 2023 / 3:35 pm

    It’s that great minds thing again, Lill! I too referred to Vincent in my yellow poem. And funnily enough, I have a print of a yellow Klimt painting on my wall and I can see it from here, the one of Adele Bloch-Bauer.


  6. Jaye Semrod April 11, 2023 / 3:48 pm

    Love today’s poem. Brightened my day for sure! xo



  7. paeansunplugged April 11, 2023 / 3:48 pm

    Such a delightful, joyous write, Lillian! Wonderful nod to various artists.


  8. Jane Doughertyj April 11, 2023 / 4:09 pm

    Where would we be without yellow? There would be no green either. I love your artistic yellows 🙂


  9. msjadeli April 11, 2023 / 4:16 pm

    Lillian, this is a lovely tribute poem to yellow and the artists who know how to use it.


  10. rothpoetry April 11, 2023 / 5:23 pm

    Well done, Lillian! Artists love yellow, although it is very easy to become diluted with other shades. True yellow is much like white… you can see right through it.


  11. Helen April 12, 2023 / 1:17 pm

    One of my flavorists, The Kiss #1!! Your poem is lovely, Lillian .. lovely.


  12. Brendan April 13, 2023 / 5:06 am

    Artists who squeeze yellow from a tube in sword-strokes are warriors of delight! How wonder-fully you celebrate them here.


  13. merrildsmith April 13, 2023 / 6:24 am

    I love your artistic references, Lillian–the gold of Klimt, the Arles yellow of Van Gogh, and Wordsworth’s daffodils. All iconic. Lovely!


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