Maybe it was not wanting to let go of the seven sins and virtues theme we did all summer, but the poem on charity took a while to mature and be ready for posting. I did deviate from the assignment a tad – this poem is in the form of a ruba’i – a form derived from the Persian quatrain with the rhyme scheme aaba. In honor of All Hallows’ Eve, I call the accompanying illustration “Deconstructed Pumpkin.” Cheers!
Pacing at an intersection along US-Forty,
Dirty hat in his hands, asking for some charity.
The cars whiz by, ignoring the disparity,
Of being homeless yet surrounded by prosperity. Continue reading Charity – Free Verse – SD
Okay, so I realize that I promised to get this up yesterday, and that totally did not happen. But at least we have a whole month to write these poems! Oh right, unless you read my post on Tuesday, you probably don’t know that Schizophrenic Summers is changing to a month-long submission period.
Our last round of poems featured chastity as the theme, and produced one poem about holding women to certain standards (ideals?) and one about holding love to no standards at all.
Structure: Free verse Continue reading Theme for October – the Virtue of Giving
Sea of Love
Cast your line out to find some love,
Or cash, or pleasure, or some semblance of compassion. Continue reading Free Verse – Chastity – SD
The virtue of temperance has historically encompassed a wide range of activities – after all, it “simply” means moderation via personal restraint or will. Although associated in modern parlance with food and drink, in particular alcohol, last week’s poems decided to look at temperance as it applies to less calorie-laden subjects: in speech
and in modifying self-doubt
Chastity is another virtue that has been reduced to a sound bite in the modern day, but was historically much more complex. Chastity today seems to revolve around sexual activity, and if the news is any indication, contemporary conversations about chastity focus on teenagers and pre-marital sex.
Continue reading Theme for September 23rd – Chastity – and you thought it was simple!
I Find Your Lack of Moderation Disturbing
Temperatures rise in the
Blogs and talk shows, they
Spew vitriol. Continue reading Free Verse – Temperance – SD
My First Ambulance Ride
A crack like thunder rang through my ear
As the world’s palette in front of me was smeared.
Pain ripped through my side like fire,
And my life lost its grip on the tight-rope wire. Continue reading Free Verse – Kindness – SD
my 98 year old grandmother says
is called the old person’s friend
Continue reading Free Verse – Kindness – Marcy Erb