The Seven Sins of My Dark Heart


The Seven Deadly Sins of My Dark Heart

 I was familiar with the seven sins,

For they resided deep within,

My dark, dark, heart,

I wrestled with some of them each day,

Knowing there would be hell to pay,

If I insisted that they stay,

My curiosity, one at a time, invited them in,

As if each one was a poor urchin,

Needing somewhere to play,

I think anger was the first,

I thought my heart would burst,

My wrath I could barely contain,

It frightened me and caused much pain,

And envy, I set my heart on,

The riches of others, the conclusion forgone,

For years you could color me green,

I wanted things I had seen,

I didn’t like being poor,

Gluttony, much to my on-going distress,

Was a problem, for I ate to excess,

But I exercised regularly to keep calories spent,

Obesity I wanted to prevent,

Yet I was not mentally content,

So sloth, or acedia, stepped in,

Because I was in turmoil within,

I couldn’t work or pray,

It continued day to day,

Some called it laziness,

But God found a way,

To get me on my feet again,

Although I didn’t worry about greed,

I had more than I needed,

And I wanted more,

Lust was always so robust,

And so easy to mistrust,

There were no considerations of love,

Or higher thoughts from above,

Just physical attraction,

A primitive mating call,

Wanting self satisfaction,

The biggest fault of all, my pride,

Where God’s world and my world collide,

I did things my way,

Not listening to what anyone might say,

I was a god of my own little space,

Bright, athletic, and fair of face,

Why bother, to think of others?

My own heart had the seven sins on display,

For me to see every day,

I wanted to kick them out and replaced,

With other traits to take their place,

Humility, generosity, kindness, love,

Characteristics that came from above,

Self-control, temperance, and zeal,

I humbled myself and kneeled,

And prayed that the seven sins,

Would not have a chance to appeal,

And suddenly the sins that once bound me,

Were taken away, my heart set free,

Because of humble heart I was given grace,

And at the foot of the throne I took my place.

25 thoughts on “The Seven Sins of My Dark Heart

  1. Thank you, my friend, for your encouragement. My poetry is off to a good start today. I wrote most of the poem last night. Other poems keep pushing for their turns. Since I retired from teaching I’ve had some time to pen a poem or two.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and reading my post.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

    1. We all take different paths along the journey. I hope I’ve learned some lessons, at least cut the number of sins down. Thank you, friend, for your words.

    2. Thank you. The stories and side trips of our journey helps other see the path more clearly. Thanks again for responding, and also for your poetry. I shall visit often.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

    1. Seven sins don’t cover the whole journey for me. I thought it was a solitary journey at the time. Hopefully you gained experiences which made you wiser. Judging from your poetry I would say it did. Thanks for dropping by.

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed this poem. It was part of my life’s journey. I’m still learning but I’m trying not to get scammed by the sin seller.

    2. Thank you for your comment. You’re very encouraging. I mentioned all the sins because I’ve stumbled over each one a time or two.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

  2. Great piece Dan, I really like how you explain each and every sin in your heart, and how you wrestle with them. I feel pride is the worst of them all. Yet I think that we all need to have sin in our hearts and battle it to really appreciate real good. Thus in a way they’re a necessary evil. Great poem!

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