Poetry

The Virtue of Reaching Out

Thrown to the ground

In nothing but a sheet

She shivers, trembles, and shrinks

Into the hot sand

Wishing, praying, begging that

it might swallow her whole

Harsh voices raising, roaring,

Accusing, Branding, Charging

Spit and spittle splatter

Flung against her face

Rock rumble in hungry hands

Waiting, wanting, to be thrown

Then,

He is there

Extending, Offering

A Hand

 

The Seven Virtues were created to combat each of the Seven Deadly 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 Envy, there is kindness.

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Kindness is the act of showing compassion or mercy to someone who may or may not deserve it. Kindness can be shown in small or large ways. This poem was inspired by the kindness that Jesus showed the adulteress in John 7.

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Poetry

The Virtue of Time

What is the passage

                             Of time

                                             Except for

An opportunity

                          For Growth?

 

The Seven Virtues were created to combat each of the Seven Deadly 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 Wrath, there is Patience.

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EnCarlo Dolci – Alegoria da Paciência , 1677 (portrait of a woman as ‘Patience ‘)

Patience is the ability to accept a delay or an upset without responding negatively. Patience, in my opinion, is one of the hardest virtues that requires we see patience as an opportunity for self-growth.

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Poetry

The Virtue of Never Giving Up

Ink splatters

Expelled from the

Force of the Author’s Might.

 

Paper tears

Punctured from the

Pressure of the Author’s Mind.

 

Lead fractures

Cracked as it is

Compelled by the Author’s Hand.

 

She will not stop.

She cannot stop

Until the job is done.

 

The Seven Virtues were created to combat each of the Seven Deadly 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 Slothfulness, there is Perseverance (or Diligence).

diligence

Perseverance or Diligence can be seen as refusing to back down or to give up even in difficult times, but to continue on until the job or task is complete.

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Poetry

The Virtue of Giving Away

Small hands lift high

Seven loaves of bread

A few salty fish

Hardly enough to feed

Himself.

Yet, he does not

hesitate

To offer it all

For the sake

Of another.”

 

The Seven Virtues were created to combat each of the Seven Deadly 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 Greed, there is Charity.

Charity

Charity can be seen as the act of giving. However, in a more Christian-centered defition, Charity is love and kindness toward others, even if they do not deserve it. Aquinas attributed Charity to the love of God. This charitable poem was inspired by the act that took place in John 6.

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Poetry

The Virtue of Wanting & Waiting

Waiting

Is far different than

Not Wanting

Waiting

Is partial, temporarily chosen

Abstinence

Waiting

For blush, blue bouquets

Cracked oak wine barrels

Yards of lingering lace

Blue skies with slight breeze

A veil that flutters beneath

a Diamond-encrusted tiara

That is discarded at night

Once the waiting is over

Waiting

Is far different than

Not Wanting.

 

The Seven Virtues were created to combat each of the Seven Deadly 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 Lust, there is Chastity.

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Chastity is the state or practice of refraining from extramarital, or from all, sexual intercourse. In this poem, I really wanted to focus on the point that chastity is not necessary having no sexual desires, but it is all about choosing not to act on them.

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Poetry

The Virtue of Pouring Out

This is a choice.

To drown in the glass

To let the cold, clear ice

Clink against the rim

To scrape against my heart

As cloudy, cool liquid

Taunts and Tempts my soul

 

This is a choice.

To put down the vice

To emerge from the honey 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,

Excruciatingly

It might be.

To see clearly

What I had refused

to acknowledge

before.

 

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

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.

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Poetry

The Deadliest Sin

You can have me

Her

Him

Whatever, Whoever

Whenever you want.

Lips as sweet as honey

And as sticky as glue

A tongue that slips through your teeth

Tainting your mouth

With acid

 

Why run when you

Can stay and play?

Stay, and do with me

Him

Her

Whoever,

However you will.

Soft skin

Dissolves, falls, reveals

A hollowed skeleton within

Glowing eyes

Turn, burn, expose

An emptied soul

 

 

***Credit for the amazing image displayed alongside this poem goes to Marta Dahlig. I found her collection of the Seven Deadly Sins years and years ago. When I decided to embark on this project, I immediately recollected her collection and knew that I wanted to showcase her amazing art. If you love this picture, be sure to check out her other work on DeviantArt.

Lust

This series of poems was written in response to a prompt that I saw on Pinterest. As you might have realized, this poem is way different than all of the previous “Seven Deadly Sin” poems. In this poem, the speaker and the “sin” are at war with one another within the poem as each try to reach out to the reader. Lust wants the reader to do as they please (and suffer for it) while the speaker is encouraging the reader to exercise restraint.

Lust is not love (just throwing that out there.) Lust is the excessive focus on sexual desire which can be accomplished alone or with others. I consider it the deadliest of the seven sins because of what lust has done to our world. Lust is responsible for a myriad of evils such as STDs, affairs, divorce, rape, etc.

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See the rest of my Deadly Seven Sins poems here:

Pride

Gluttony

Greed

Sloth

Wrath

Envy

Lust

 

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Poetry

The Possessive Sin

It should be mine.

She

Slides softly

Skirting

Across the ground

A slight hiss

Fills the air

Leaves rustle

Twigs crack

Fangs bared

Poison drips

She strikes.

It is mine.

***Credit for the amazing image displayed alongside this poem goes to Marta Dahlig. I found her collection of the Seven Deadly Sins years and years ago. When I decided to embark on this project, I immediately recollected her collection and knew that I wanted to showcase her amazing art. If you love this picture, be sure to check out her other work on DeviantArt.

Envy

This series of poems was written in response to a prompt that I saw on Pinterest.

Envy, also known as jealously, is desiring what someone else already has. Beyond that, it desires to take that certain something away from the other person.

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Poetry

The Destructive Sin

Burn it all down.

A small spark once took root

Inside the maiden’s heart

Healthy at first,

That evolved into a poison dart

 

Burn it all down.

The anger that grew

Into an inferno

Directed out at the world

Aimed like an arrow

 

Burn it all down.

Once it’s all done, she’ll strut

Through the smoke, bold as brass

Grinning at the world

She reduced to ash.

 

***Credit for the amazing image displayed alongside this poem goes to Marta Dahlig. I found her collection of the Seven Deadly Sins years and years ago. When I decided to embark on this project, I immediately recollected her collection and knew that I wanted to showcase her amazing art. If you love this picture, be sure to check out her other work on DeviantArt.

Wrath

This series of poems was written in response to a prompt that I saw on Pinterest.

Wrath, also known as rage or anger, is perhaps the most physically destructive of all the seven deadly sins. Wrath is the perversion of honest anger or the over excessive obsession with revenge.

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Poetry

The Empty Sin

It’s not my problem.

A world in chaos

That burns and twists

A society in shambles that might

Soon no longer exist

People live and people die

Souls go up in smoke

Parents torn and children cry

The family unit now revoked

Still, there she sits

And there she will stay

Swaying softly, blowing bubbles

Until her dying day.

***Credit for the amazing image displayed alongside this poem goes to Marta Dahlig. I found her collection of the Seven Deadly Sins years and years ago. When I decided to embark on this project, I immediately recollected her collection and knew that I wanted to showcase her amazing art. If you love this picture, be sure to check out her other work on DeviantArt.

Sloth

This series of poems was written in response to a prompt that I saw on Pinterest.

Slothfulness, or laziness, is often considered the least harmful of the seven deadly sins. After all, the individual is doing nothing, not harming themselves or anyone else, right? Wrong. “Evil exists when good men fail to act.” Slothfulness is refusing to do what is right due to their lack of desire to act at all.

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