Humans record artistic impressions
of patient Nature’s handiwork
in a line of wind-tattered trees,
a blanket hem along the skyline
and curving sculptured hills,
where skylarks rise from barley singing,
and dissolve into the darkening welkin.
Hills become shadows,
the silence palpable over still-hot fields.
And yet, in boroughs,
towns and cities, greedy humans
waste resources, pollute with plastic,
fill every space with concrete, bricks
and asphalt as Nature chokes.
Kim Mm. Russell, 17th July 2018
Amaya is hosting the first Poetics after the summer break. She says that, in honour of this week being dVerse Poets’ seventh anniversary, we have ‘seven’ as the theme. She tells us that, as she was preparing for this prompt and seeking out poetry about sins, she discovered that vice and virtue are enmeshed together in an eternal symbiotic relationship.
Amaya shares lists of both the “seven deadlies”, as they are known in pop culture, and the virtues, and asks us to write poems about one or all of these and how they affect our lives. Do we see a complementary function between vice and virtue? Is there one in particular that has played a key role in our giving in to temptation? Or one that has provided a valuable lesson? Can we personify them and show their relationship in an unforeseen light?
I chose to write about patience and greed.