On seeing ‘Starry Night’

I’ve had the great good fortune to be in Europe recently. This is the first of the pieces I was moved to write:

We queued for 40 minutes

To gain entry

To the Musee d’Orsay

In Paris


Like its big sister

The Louvre

There is a wealth,

A torrent of beauty

In painting and sculpture

Flowing through its spaces


Walking around

With so many other people

I wasn’t always

In the right space

To truly appreciate

The wonders on show


Then I walked in to the Van Gogh exhibition

And it was as if I was




Tears came to my eyes


I was transfixed


By the painting’s





This moment of great joy

Was worth admission alone

And is why museums exist.

To feed the soul.


2 thoughts on “On seeing ‘Starry Night’

  1. Great post mate and yes, isn’t it an unbelievable piece.

    I flew Elaine and I to Canberra a couple of Summers ago when the National Gallery hosted an exhibition from the Musee d’Orsay. Like you, Starry Night moved me and left an indelible mark on my memory.

    I was lucky enough to visit the Louvre in April (Gallipoli trip).

    We loved keeping track of your trip on Facebook.

    Glad you are both home safe and sound.

    Have you started saving for the next tour?



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