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“In art, the obvious is a sin”—Edward Dmytryk


No Laughing Matter

For our sins
Divine comedy
Is no joke

Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence—Alice Walker

Goodness Mourns

Art dares coax
From a sinner’s grin
A pardon

‘Tis no sin to cheat the devil—Daniel Defoe


Lost Garden

Game warden
Who gets the last laugh
Who first sins

There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable—Mark Twain


Safe Havens

Shifting winds
Shrift for chastity

There is no sinner like a young saint—Aphra Behn



Sin teaches
Lust for life gets hotter
Than Lot’s wife

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall—William Shakespeare


See the light
At the tunnel’s end
From the train

The only sin is mediocrity—Martha Graham


Read My Lips

Saving grace
The joke is on us
For our sins

Many are saved from sin by being so inept at it—Mignon McLaughlin



8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Very interesting. I have a friend that says ‘sin’ stands for self-induced nonsense.

    November 18, 2021
    • Your friend’s acronym reminds me of this Ogden Nash rhyme:
      “There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all.”

      November 18, 2021
  2. these are really great, CES – who made the artwork?


    November 21, 2021
    • Thanks, David! The “picture poems” are created by PIerre “Pepe” Leduc and Yrs. Truly. Pierre’s visual art appears in all the posts published on this site. The homepage is the archive index.

      November 21, 2021
      • Kudos to both of you 👍

        November 21, 2021
      • Thank you, David, Truly (existentially) appreciated
        Btw, That Pierre and myself have not worked together in person since the early ’80s, suggests to me that the online poetic partnerships at your site might have legs. 😉

        November 21, 2021
      • well none of them have gone any farther than a single poem (which is totally fine)… so we’ll see 🙂

        November 21, 2021

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