A Stellar Flare of Young Adult Writing and Visual Art

Portrait of Dr. Gachet + two more




Portrait of Dr. Gachet, painted by Vincent Van Gogh


A straw nose
struck by wanderlust,
ventures from the concerned brow.
Dr. Gachet, did you mind sitting long enough
For the painter to paint? The pedestrians
pattered by, those Parisians
with prim shoes and prim shadows, and still
you sat still,
considering your considerer as he condensed
that wandering beak in sad, staccato strokes
of ochre and oxidized bronze.
buttons down your front;
eyes in your head.
at least you’ve been noticed, yellows and seasick greens, in a canvas the same cotton as your coat.

Barren Renga


Evergreen peaks
pierce oyster
grey clouds

No trees in sight
a stripped wasteland

Lightning white paper
barren of words
crumpled in rage

Empty mind
Empty hands

Grasping at passing
smiles, the beautiful
things escape

How sad that the sun must set
at least the moon will rise soon



winter moon
pearl lost from its strand
veiled in cloud

I wonder what
the clam thinks as he drops
to boiling water?

and in their eyes,
the fire that turned us all around
back to eternity

here we are at desire’s
end, waiting for enlightenment
to claim us.

hope quells your colors
quiets my eyes, enough to silence tears
and close our prayers.

What do
he beautiful things think
when they sigh?

caught between two
mirrors, on and on and on

road sign, dead end
dead end, turn left, road block,

maybe tomorrow,
when the world is done and gone,
we’ll go swimming.


About the Author

Nathalie M. is a rising sophomore at Lakeside Upper School in Seattle, Washington. She loves living in the Pacific Northwest, where she enjoys getting out onto its beautiful lakes. Nathalie is an avid reader and has great respect for Plath, Murakami, PDK, Hurston, and Vonnegut.

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