Vice and Virtue


I am greedy for your charity.
I lust after your chastity.
While some may call me slothful,
I prefer “procrastinatory.”

I admit I’m green with envy at
your temperate humility.
and yet I take great pride in times
my wrath yields to civility.

I’m a glutton for your kindness.
You’re impatient with my pride.
I am sinful, you are virtuous.
You’re Jekyll, I am Hyde.

If you offered me an apple,
in the garden we could hide
With your heavenly companionship,
it’d be one hell of a ride.

Inspired by the dVerse Poetics challenge to write a poem based on the seven virtues (charity, chastity, kindness, temperance, diligence, patience and humility), and the seven deadly sins (greed, lust, envy, gluttony, sloth, wrath and pride). 

About Maggie C

Stained glass artist, writer, respecter of life.
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20 Responses to Vice and Virtue

  1. Anonymous says:

    I like this. I’ll read it again later. 🙂

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  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice last stanza about that apple.

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  3. rothpoetry says:

    At the end I was asking myself witch one you were riding with??

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  4. Peggy Lemmer says:

    Fun! 🙂

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  5. The irony here was good:
    “and yet I take great pride in times
    my wrath yields to civility.”
    How our virtue looks like it’s winning, but, uh, oh no! Here comes pride to steal home! Clever take on the prompt, Maggie.

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  6. Excellent write- my fave- ‘I am greedy for your charity’.

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  7. Hehe.. i’ve SunG iT beFore
    i’LL DancE iT aGaiN tHeRe Is
    No Lasting
    in LiFE
    Passion to
    Fuel all that
    Is Good iN Virtue too..:)

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  8. This is so clever, Maggie! Did you take the photos? Love the ladybug.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Lona Gynt says:

    This is just awesome

    Liked by 1 person

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