Poems of the Week

Gogh Figure

by Alex Steelsmith

“[Members of] the climate change–focused group Just Stop Oil
threw tomato soup on van Gogh’s Sunflowers… . Then the activists glued themselves
to the wall under the painting. … [Some people were] asking what van Gogh
did to hurt the climate.”

Loopily, soupily,
climate-change activists
gain some supporters, but
others conclude

some of their tactics might
seem to suggest they are
coming unglued.

Moodily, broodily,
Vincent of Netherlands
might have been totally
vexed and said, “Gosh,

I can stop oil any
time if I switch to a
method like gouache.”