The Virtue of Pouring Out

This is a choice.

To drown in the glass

To let the cold, clear ice

Clink against the rim

As cloudy, cool liquid

Taunts and Tempts my Tastebuds


This is a choice.

To put down the vice

To emerge from the brown haze

Into a blue sky, cleared by

A summer rain.


This is my choice.

To dump the smooth liquid

Down the drain instead of

My mouth, to Drain

It from my body.

However, painfully,


It might be.

To see clearly

What I had looked

Away from



As you all know, last week I ended my series focusing on the Seven Deadly Sins in which I wrote a poem about each of the sins without using its name within the poem itself. I have decided to do the same for the Seven Virtues created to combat each of the sins. These Seven Virtues first appeared tied together in an epic poem titled Pschomachia, written by Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, a Christian governor of the 400s AD. To battle Gluttony, there is Temperance.

Credit for the amazing photo below goes to  Sceith-A. 


Temperance is moderation or self-restraint, especially in eating and drinking. While one drink may not be wrong, alcoholism can become a serious problem. This poem demonstrates the importance of exercising temperance, even when it is difficult.

Happy Writing Everyone!


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15 thoughts on “The Virtue of Pouring Out”

  1. Am reading your fine words as I grapple with an afternoon urge for a sugar treat. There has been an explosion of trendy donut, artisan icecream and belly bulging bakeries in my town. Temptation at every turn ….

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  2. You continue to use form so well, I really like how you used three different stanzas to show different levels of restraint – the last one I thought was well crafted in being the longest, as it is the hardest of the choices and the stanza’s physical length echoes the fortitude required.

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