regret is your favourite waltz

delusional writing on an online page
stimulates the memory of having done
something one’s not. sitting in others’
shoes shows a lack of logic and restraint
when it comes to remembering one’s place.
do not just dance to forget it all.
this is advice. this is instruction.
suck it up. stick out your paw.
go on: force yourself into the habit.
it welcomes you, a suit oft-worn:
or is it just a collar? wear it still;
keep still there.

Filed under: Original, Poetry


A member of Singapore-based writing collective /stop@BadEndRhymes ("/s@ber"), Valen dwells in the swamp of poetry. He has been published in various publications, including Anxious Poets Society, Eunoia Review and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. He has performed his work at the Arts House, the Singapore Art Museum, and in various dingy bars.

Comments 3

  1. Ingrid January 4, 2015

    An interesting blog. I enjoyed reading your poetry very much. One thing – where did you get the picture of smoke? I am looking for such an image. Was it copyright free? Can you send me a link? I would appreciate it. Twitter me at @IngridBurling or send the link to Thanks.


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