Written for: Poets United Midweek Motif~Temptation (posted by Sumana)
“Desiring something wrong or unwise is Temptation.
But isn’t it something extremely interesting and delightful once in a while? And powerful? How do you deal with it? Do you give in? Don’t you?
What tempts you most and seduces you to sin?
Or how do you resist the temptation?”
“Knowing was a temptation. What you don’t know won’t tempt you.”— Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
Try to keep out of animal shelters
and television ads that shatter
my heart. I want to be a helper,
take them all home, but there are factors.
First and foremost, will my dogs like them,
will sleeping places become an issue,
or extra food, or health costs that when
added up, require a box of tissues.
But I know those eager pups are out there,
who knows what will make me give in.
A little face on display will dare
me, and no speech will deter my whim.
For now, I will be content with two.