July 22 Theme: A Taste of Vengeance

I think this week’s submissions for the theme of Sloth may have been my collective favorite yet. Even for a sin as seemingly straightforward as laziness, we found three interpretations and uses.

One poem began with the comfortable, unmotivated state of lying in bed, and then evolved into a contrast with the fear of taking risk. Then, another poem connected sloth to a carelessness toward food waste. Finally, our third poem alluded to a rejection of society leading to apathy.

The Sin of Vengeance

Theme: Wrath

Structure: free verse

Wrath, or rage, may be one of the more common sins presented in mainstream culture. I am immediately reminded of Mel Gibson’s psychopathic fight scenes in Braveheart… as well as every other war/action flick he did. Gibson, as the freedom fighter William Wallace, wore a wide-eyed look of unstoppable hatred, and belted out ear-shattering war cries like a wounded animal. His passion and his anger were fueled by vengeance for what King Edward and his vassals did to the Scottish (and Wallace’s family), in the years prior.

Wrath is the inordinate or uncontrollable feeling of hatred or anger towards another. However, it can also manifest in self-destructive behavior, such as drug abuse or even suicide.

Suicide, as the ultimate expression of inward hatred, was deemed a greater sin than that of pure anger. While the wrathful fight each other on the surface of the river Styx and the sullen were pushed to the murky, joyless bottom, the suicides are transformed into gnarled thorn bushes and fed upon by Harpies.

Vengeance. Hatred. Anger. Violence. We have the makings of yet another diverse group of poems. Submit yours to redstringpapercuts@gmail.com for publication.

Steve D

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