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October 18, 2010 / Gio

PEG’S LAW: Seven Deadly Sins

Pride hides itself every day, cowering within
stroking the insecurities with perverted self-love
fearful creature with bad outfit feeling, discontent
wearing a cape of importance, impotence consumes
eating away every unrequited ego-fed reflection
snivelling phallus nurtures disdain for its neighbor
as vanity rides broken at the wheel

Envy often has no room for itself
tucked away in a closet of jealousy
miserably stacked atop everything it ever wanted
held captive by the assets of others
hatred is squared, pegged in Dante’s circle
punishment is freezing rain, black snow; hail
or being death-dropped into freezing water

Gluttony is a wasteful calamity of corpulence
a triumphant Bacchanalia, liberally seasoned with hunger
but devouring itself with every excessive bite
selfish consumption, surely, finds fruition consuming itself
as the insatiable beast builds its casket
carves a delicious epitaph on hefty headstone
force-fed rats, toads and snakes to death

Sloth, in sinister splendor, sinks slowly, sinfully;
drowning in a clock of wasted tempo;
others always forced to swim and fly
while it is sated by its idleness;
slumping and crouching and seated with immobility,
complacent and content as nothing is produced.
a pit of snakes feeds on vacuity.

Lust is smothered in fire and brimstone,
handcuffed to a headboard of habitual desire;
wrapped in fornication, a full-body condom.
even Hieronymus remained anonymous when he coveted
his neighbors wife…or was it greed?
sins cross themselves like the devil’s script,
tied and connected; interlocked souls in heat.

varice is a scandalous villain, Gecko good.
sitting on the root of evil cash
a heaping pile of I need more!
covet and love it, mortgage your soul
for greed shall always be your slave
power and money slowly incinerated, your body
dipped in a cauldron of boiling oil

Wrath stews and burns these written words
meeting regularly with malicious and bigoted friends
making plans with hate-mongers and racists
throwing itself in a volcanic mosh pit,
its love, tempered with livid-laced lava
seeds of blind rage, planted and eaten
dismembered alive by irritated fury and revenge.

Monday Potluck

NB: This piece has 7 sins, 7 stanzas with 7 lines each with 7 words



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  1. Jingle / Nov 2 2010 7:15 pm

    the celebrate poet of September award for you,
    plus the honorable mention,
    u rock!

    stopped blogging,
    we miss you,
    link in an old poem to our potluck today.

  2. trisha / Oct 26 2010 2:21 pm

    brilliantly handled post. you gave a precise description of the sins, yet it was full of poetic charm.

  3. RAE / Oct 20 2010 11:16 am

    I like how each stanza, each line, even each word is a new layer of Sin. WOW! Phenomenal work here. nd the images go wonderfully well!

  4. Talon / Oct 20 2010 10:22 am

    The descriptions of the sins was so perfectly done! I loved it all, but the image of envy tucked inside jealousy’s closet was brilliant!

  5. Jamie Dedes / Oct 20 2010 12:49 am

    Wow! I think you worked hard on this. The layering of sevens. The detail on each sin. Well structured and well written. Nice!

    Happy potluck …

  6. Marit / Oct 19 2010 3:51 pm

    nice… I am all about constraints in poetry.

  7. Luke Prater / Oct 19 2010 8:54 am

    the 7 7 7 thing really floats my boat. Shakes my shack. Kudos.

    Nice work, cheers

    Luke @ WordSalad

  8. Teresa / Oct 18 2010 9:07 pm
  9. buttercup600 / Oct 18 2010 6:23 pm

    I am in awe of what you have done here Giovanni…you have created this so cleverly and a master poet!! Wow, is all I can say!! BRAVO my friend…thanks for doing this and linking…just brilliant xx

  10. tekia / Oct 18 2010 5:10 pm

    I really like this piece! I love the strong imagery and wording in this piece. Bravo!!

  11. 2zpoint / Oct 18 2010 4:18 pm

    It seam as though I would commit the sin then suffer through its punishment. intense! super job.

  12. liv2write2day / Oct 18 2010 2:20 pm

    So glad you pointed out the 7-7-7-7-however many 7’s connection. What a great idea and nicely executed.

  13. 700miles / Oct 18 2010 2:11 pm

    awesome gio….i am greedy of your talent. 🙂 rock on my friend.

  14. Jingle / Oct 18 2010 1:54 pm

    7 short poems for 7 sins, you truly dig in them,
    love the demonstrations on the right side bar,
    very funny way to tease our sins…

    your entry wins!
    have fun!

  15. Umamaheswari Anandane / Oct 18 2010 1:35 pm

    what a powerful package..nice pictures too 🙂

  16. Sherry Blue Sky / Oct 18 2010 12:37 pm

    Fantastically well written! I love “miserably stacked atop everything it ever wanted”……and the rats, toads and snakes. Very clever!

  17. vivinfrance / Oct 18 2010 9:30 am

    I came in looking for Writers Islands Unleashed prompt – what do I find? A host of deadly sins – a very clever poem. These lines struck me as summing up the whole list:

    sins cross themselves
    like the devil’s script,
    tied and connected.

  18. Scent of my heart / Oct 18 2010 6:25 am

    I like it! Well done!
    Here is mine:
    Thanks in advance!

  19. Olivia / Oct 18 2010 5:04 am

    SINFULLY PICTURESQUE.. nice images and beautifully woven poem words!!
    Well Done Giovanni.. Perfect entry for Potluck theme.. xoxox

  20. Emmanuel Ibok / Oct 18 2010 4:02 am

    Elaborated to the slightest detail…nice!


  21. fiveloaf / Oct 18 2010 3:44 am

    sin nicely explained..

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