Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics: 7 and 7 (7th Anniversary) (posted by Gospel)
and for: Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – The ‘Tuesday Platform” (posted by Sanaa)
The “seven deadlies” as they are known in pop culture, are:
And the seven virtues are:
“I’m asking you to write a poem about one or all of these and how your life has been affected. Do you see a complementary function between vice and virtue? Is there one in particular that has played a key role in your giving in to temptation? Or one that has provided a valuable lesson? Can you personify them and show their relationship in an unforeseen light? Consider one or more of these questions, but the form for your poem is open.”
Can any effective appeal
be made to a greedy,
prideful person whose
for power and fame
never seems to wane?
Can he not open
his eyes and heart
in welcome to all of humanity,
and acknowledge their worth
with kindness, tempering
that dangerous drive
to achieve a dictator’s blindness?
I am fearful for every ideal
America used to stand for.
I am fearful to turn on
news, and find we are crumbling–
that building blocks of freedom
have come crashing down … all for a kingdom.