Three Roads

On “Wheat Field with Crows”, the last painting by Van Gogh.


The fullness of a golden wheat field is crowned

by a flock of dark birds in its migratory flying away.

The health and vigor of the landscape contrasts

with the menace of a cloudy and stormy sky,

which does not prevent the birds’ journey.

They know from birth the right route

and are the owners of the sky.

Poor humans do not fly, and are always doubting

their choice of the three roads Gogh has painted.

We are the owners of the earth and its richness,

but we have not even a little of the crows’ sense.

Published in Young Ravens Literary Review, Issue 4, May 31, 2016.

Vincent van Gogh, Wheatfield with Crows, 1890. 50.2 cm × 103 cm (19.9 in × 40.6 in). Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

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