Poetry | Yin and Yang

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Yin and Yang

©2014, 2018, 2023 by Vernon Miles Kerr and VernonMilesKerr.com

As do the Yin and Yang,

The black and white,

Of that ancient Asian dichotomy,

So, also the antipodes of Human Nature

Revolve in nauseating monotony:

Sumos exchanging brooding glares before the lunge.


The meth-addicted darkness

Rolls its empty sockets at the creative surge of a symphony;

The holocausts sidle up to a mother’s tender touch;

An alleyway’s sodden sour garbage

Rubs against the flash of insight from a Dickinson poem;

A bombed-out Syrian  city’s collapse

Echoes through a tranquil Kyoto temple-garden;

The black tear of mourning

swirls against the white tear of joy.


Not that white could ever subsume black,

Nor that both meld into dishwater gray…

Nor that humanity could become pure light…

But would that the black become ever grayer

And the white stay white.


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