Seven Sins


To eat then sleep beyond it no belief,

Any food however lends thee

no relief. . .

Hog in the morning, Hog in the evening,

Food for ‘thought’, for thee no meaning. . .

Shrouded in hunger, thy horizon thin,

Filled to the brim yet empty within. . .

 Like Sus frolicking in the muddy pool,

Thy mind is clogged, O petty fool. . .

 Temperance you hate, ostentatious spread,

Signs of doom ahead can’t be read. . .

 Prepropere, Ardenter, Forente, Laute, Nimis and Studiose;

Is how thee get Beelzebub close. . .

 Gluttony is what thy sin is dear,

Only Sophrosyne now, can bring satisfaction near. . .

It’s the criticism and the comments that keep a poet alive, so please oblige me with your opinion. All reviews positive/negative appreciated. Thanking you in anticipation of your valuable critique.


1. Thomas Aquinas, a medieval church leader prepared a list of six ways to commit gluttony, comprising:

  • Praepropere – eating too soon
  • Laute – eating too expensively
  • Nimis – eating too much
  • Ardenter – eating too eagerly
  • Studiose – eating too daintily
  • Forente – eating wildly

2. Beelzebub is the demon of gluttony.

3. Sophrosyne  is a Greek philosophical term etymologically meaning healthy-mindedness and from there self-control or moderation guided by knowledge and balance. Roman poet Juvenal later interpreted sophrosyne as “mens sana in corpore sano” (“a healthy mind in a healthy body”).


4 thoughts on “Gluttony

  1. My understanding of the word “thy” is that it suggests ownership,
    as in “your”… and alternatively “thee” suggests “you”, and so to me, the following lines read correctly:
    “…thy sin is dear”;…… “thy mind is clogged”.
    However, in the following lines I think “thee” would read more correctly:
    “Is how thy get Beelzebub close”; ..”and food however lends thy no relief” …and “Food for thought, for thy no meaning”.
    I hope my comment makes sense to you!
    I rather liked the photo!


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