Along with the songs of sins, I wrote some quick “against sins” poems that were meant to sort of be responses. Unlike the songs, they do not feel as though they could stand on their own and I did not want to include them in the same posts as the songs, so here they all are. The songs were intended as the sins speaking to try to tempt people into them, and these are trying to dissuade people. The persuasions are mostly moderate in nature as I tend to view the seven deadly sins as excesses.
There is a virtue in well-placed patience,
and there is a time for righteous indignation.
It is better to balance one’s passions
than to let tempers and blood freely run.
There is no fulfillment in gluttony,
stomachs can be full with souls still empty.
Acquiescing the cravings feeds the fire,
always making oneself hungry for more.
Robbing men of their will to live,
casting away great potential,
inaction has nothing to give;
resist the stagnant void’s pull.
Wealth and joy are not always zero-sum,
happiness can be shared with everyone.
Focus on achieving your own success
instead of sneering at goods of the rest.
While true great deeds and men we should exalt,
the light of pride blinds one from their own faults.
Love yourself but respect the world as well,
Be charming but not charmed by your own spell.
Life’s best goods are not physical,
and joy is best when shared with all,
It is not wrong to pursue wealth,
but it is to hoard too much for oneself.
It is not worthwhile to become a beast
just for but a few moments of release.
Love and true pleasure are complicated
and go far beyond the acts done in bed.