I found this prompt through PROMPTUARIUM, from thesolitarywordsmith. The idea is to write a poem for each of the seven deadly sins (Lust, Greed, Wrath, Sloth, Gluttony, Envy, and Pride) without naming the sin. I don’t consider myself much of a poetry writer, but I thought this would be a fun exercise, so I’ll be posting them up periodically. This is the first one.

Commonplace book for March coming tomorrow!

If you want to see the original prompt, you can find it here:


Don’t bite.
Stuff it down,
Out of sight.

Breathe –
Nails bite.
Fists open,
or ache tight.

They all watch
But can’t know
The rapid painful beat –
Your stinging blood flow.

Smile –
Find kindness.
We all know
We’re not our worst day
Be soft and be slow.


Scream it raw –
Scream it bloody –
How it festered
in the body –

Scream –
Set it free
With brutal force.
A toxic burden
No longer yours.

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