Blame Vermeer

Blame Vermeer

A woman of thirty pours the inch or so of milk
left in a jug, sets the jug high on a shelf
inside a small cupboard because the children
from next door are to stay the night, she'll
not risk their picking at its precious glaze.
She takes her ring from beside the tap,
slips it back onto her third finger.
She hears steps on the path.
Something
will happen after every painting for a long
time yet. It may have been war,
a sudden wrenching of implacable grief,
diseases arrived from the unburied,
children clattering in only days until
they are shunted east.
And the stranger
announcing, 'There is something here,' and her hand
on the lip first then the jug's smooth curving,
it was lifted, so Jug & Woman
may have been the title again as it was and was
how many hundred times in that small
kitchen, its imagined canvas, the deluging back
of ordinariness so lovely, to what can one
compare it? And the steps always arriving.
It will happen next.


from Blame Vermeer (Victoria University Press, 2007), © Vincent O'Sullivan 2007, used by permission of the author.

Recordings

Vincent O'Sullivan

Vincent O'Sullivan Downloads

1Blame Vermeer

£0.89

2Small Talk

£0.89

3Blonde Ink

£0.89

4Seeing you Asked

£0.89

5Check-up

£0.89

7July, July

£0.89

8Saying Begins It

£0.89

9In Time of Thanks and Praise

£0.89

10The Child in the Gardens: Winter

£0.89

11Child playing drafts

£0.89

12River road, due south

£0.89

13Simply

£0.89

14The monastic life

£0.89

15Right on

£0.89

16Elegy: again

£0.89

17Dark night on the lake

£0.89

18That's the story

£0.89

19Talking of stone

£0.89

20Not one to let on

£0.89

21A dream of my father, winding our watches together

£0.89

22Goldilocks - off the scale

£0.89

23Being here

£0.89

24Late praise for Nurse Smythe

£0.89

25The Case Against...

£0.89

26No Time for Portents

£0.89

271919

£0.89

28Witness 217

£0.89

6The Grieving Process

£0.89

Books by Vincent O'Sullivan