Van Gogh - poems by John Caselberg
1: VAN GOGH / Poems by / JOHN CASELBERG / Lithographs by / COLIN MCCAHON. (in plate)
2: VAN / GOGH / POEMS / BY / JOHN / CASELBERG (in plate, u.r.-c.r.); lithographs by / Colin McCahon (in plate, b.l.); Auckland / Sept. 1957 (in plate, b.r.)
Wild the hedgerows, wild the spring,
Wild the yellowhammers sing,
Wild the roaring of the sea;
Wilder still the blood in me.
I was taken by the palms and led
To where the lonely moon's white light bled
Through an abyss in the sky:
yearning there in agony
God, it is all dark.
The heart beat but there is no anwer-
Of a hearer and no one to speak.
Six years I have wrestled
With a bare branch,
Sought sap in an old tree.
Heard a shrill chaffinch
Cry out occasionally
From a black bough,
Seen her hair and her features
And her turned away brow.
Seven dumb beasts of burden
Walked across my garden.
One was Envy, one was Hate
- Pity, Love, and Self-conceit
Pride was there - Humility.
All were beasts and all were me.
1980 Colin McCahon
Robert McDougall Art Gallery
22/8/1980 - 19/10/1980
1983 Colin McCahon: The Mystical Landscape
National Art Gallery
12/12/1983 - 21/1/1984
2001 Answering Hark: Caselberg/McCahon: Poet/Painter
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
17/3/2001 - 20/5/2001
2005 From Alpha to Beata
21/9/2005 - 13/11/2005
2006 Colin McCahon: from the collection
2015 McCahon/Van der Velden
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu
18/12/2015 - 10/9/2016
2016 Colin McCahon: from the collection
15/10/2016 - 11/12/2016
John Caselberg's 'Van Gogh' sequence of poems appeared in The Sound of Morning (Pegasus, 1954).