The Gallery of Sin

Clarity is rarely expected
A relaxed focus

A pattern out of
Pale constellation


I would never ask you to
Explain it away

What astonishes me is our ignorance
Of our will to delude ourselves

* *

Again I realise how reality
Confounds our picture gallery

(The one who says we could
Make one the other)

Obtruding with its mechanisms, activities,
Exigencies, vanity

The stain of baby’s vomit
On the shoulder

Is trifling and yet
Such things are declarations

* *

This street given over to the homeless
In every shop entrance

Law enforcement clearing them away
No ‘hard feelings,’ blame the time,

Blame responsibility: one is born
And at once one is guilty

Does Adam eating the apple
Demand expiations such as this

I tell you
Clarity is rarely expected

Action and inaction
Line up a gallery of indictment

* *

This game of chess we try to play
This multi-party politics

That everywhere smells the same
This theatre in which we receive

What the other alone has to give
And give what the other alone

Knows how to take
This world of conundrum,

Contusion, contempt

This spirit behind the farce
That still laughs and breathes


  1. ❤️Completely blown away. God. Welcome back, beautiful Vera. ❤️❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks so much, sweet Girl. ❤ ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Reblogged this on Mitch Teemley and commented:
    My Featured Blogger this week is Vera Poh of To Dad with Love Poetry. Vera is a Melbourne, Australia-based poet whose thoughts and feelings never fails to intrigue me.

    There’s the immediate effect: thoughtful and insightful, sometimes witty, always visceral. And then there’s the after-effect: like the finish of a good wine, the flavours you continue to discover after you’ve read the lines, the one’s that force you to read them again. And e.g. from the poem below:
    “The stain of baby’s vomit
    On the shoulder
    Is trifling and yet
    Such things are declarations”

    Such words may be revelations. If we let them. Read Vera!


  3. Outstanding!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: