Vincent in the Sky Above Bologna, 1493
by Steven McCabe
A star hung in the sky just above
The brim of his straw hat.
He gazed upon a city.
I hope nobody mistakes me, he thought.
He gazed upon a medieval woodcut
On Christmas Eve.
I used Google Earth
To track the movements of the past,
Finding where the sky began…
I had to do this
For a few days…
To contemplate what I might awaken
So soon upon us…
& In this season of celebration,
A star alighting upon Vincent,
A Happy New Year.
The woodcut, depicting Bologna, is by an unknown artist, 1493.
Self-portrait by Vincent Van Gogh, 1887.
Bologna street scene from Google Earth, 2014.
I do not claim copyright of the original images.
I have recomposed original images to create a new non-commercial work
for purposes of parody or commentary
under fair use provisions
of the copyright law.