I try and try

by Chua Han Au

you’re one beautiful specimen
like a caricature given life
perfectly allotted emotions

trivial things don’t matter
time will distance the ties
there’re bigger things to bother

terrorism, riots and dying dead sea
the world’s a Malfi court
blinded akin to Othello
self-absorbed like Elesin
shouldn’t they be of a worry?

sheer predilection can be repressed
(they should be)
(give it time)
like children to candy
but time also proves that it’s hard
to distance a man from cigarettes

for words that can’t be articulated
translate them to poetry
at least it’s covert beautifully.