Power Is Not Knowledge

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:
• Greed
• Lust
• Envy
• Gluttony
• Sloth
• Wrath
• Pride

And the seven virtues are:
• Charity
• Chastity
• Kindness
• Temperance
• Diligence
• Patience
• Humility

“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
gluttonous appetite
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.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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25 Responses to Power Is Not Knowledge

  1. Yes, even from this distance it is alarming.


  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    It is sometimes hard to watch the news.


  3. Maggie C says:

    The virtues will prevail, although at this point I think “wrath” justifiably belongs in the virtue column.


  4. Lona Gynt says:

    If you get any free steaks in the mail, don’t eat them…
    Unfortunately, I don’t think the big guy has stopped at 7. Hang on.
    We will move on from making America grate.
    Thanks for your take.


  5. Lona Gynt says:

    And oh yeah, I’m purple too btw 💜


  6. annell4 says:

    Perhaps the “ideals” weren’t real? Perhaps we have been duped? He is us, and we are him. Oh my, what will we do?


  7. Jo says:

    Your last line packs a great punch!


  8. rothpoetry says:

    … all for a Kingdom! Well said!


  9. Maybe this makes me a bad citizen or whatever, but I turn him off. Poetry is better for the planet and the soul.

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  10. At this point
    all we CaN
    WiLL really
    do is hold
    our nose until
    he is convicted
    or Vote for Bernie
    and his Running Mate
    which ever comes next
    and oh yeah don’t forget
    the Mid-Terms for that might
    be an
    oF A Deal too..
    and then we yuck
    will have to Breathe
    through Pence no way
    to shake off the Trump Blues Fully
    now except Turn the TV and News off
    and Just
    Fear and Hate..
    he’s not even a man
    real men don’t sit with
    their Arms Folded unless
    they are still little boys afraid
    in the School Yard oF Fear sTill…
    There is still a Very Small and Lonely
    Hurt Child in the Face of Trump i See the
    Look on his Son’s Face too.. it is unmistakable
    NoW and sadly
    familiar too..
    for without a
    Loving Mother
    i Might be a Trump now too..
    We Are All A Family And an unusual one too..:)


  11. Grace says:

    I hate what is happening to your country, sadly. I pray that change is coming fast. From your friendly neighbor, Canada.


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