In October, I set myself the task of creating seven poems that took their cues from the so-called "Seven Deadly Sins". When I began I didn't know what would emerge. That's a funny thing about the creative process. Sometimes you have to just go with the flow and there may be no clear logic to what appears.
Thinking about the "sins", it seems to me that they crop up in everyone's lives from time to time. They are part of what it is to be human. I have trouble accepting that there is anything essentially "sinful" about pride, wrath, lust or even sloth. Arguably, the seven sins were highlighted in medieval times as moral sticks to beat down upon already cowed, "God-fearing" church congregations. Stimulating self-searching guilt and shame was helpful to the maintenance of rigid social hierarchy and religious obedience, an obedience that invariably had economic undertones.
Perhaps the seven "sins" are not the best features of humanity but what is so "deadly" about them? Why should we be ashamed that in our lives many human facets will shine - for example: heroism, love, selflessness, charity, intelligence, dedication, creativity, as well as the "sins", explored in my seven poems. Thank you for reading them and a special thank you to those visitors who left thoughtful or encouraging comments. Here they are again - clickable - for your contemplation and convenience:-
|"The Seven Deadly Sins" by Hieronymous Bosch (1450-1526)|