poetry

HUMILITY (a poem)

a humble spirit
is a spirit
psalmody

as it requires
sweet modesty,
sour honesty

the humble one
lowers his back
to carry another

and opens his door
to shield the alien
searching for cover

humility
is a virtue
from the cosmos

and yet sometimes
not even the stars
value its glow

HUMILITAS

the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance, rank, etc

Psalmody? What the heck does that even mean? To be honest I started this poem out with this following stanza:

a humble spirit
is a spirit
to emulate

While this is true, the rhyme scheme of the poem kind of took off in later stanzas, and I needed a word that rhymes with honesty. While psalmody doesn’t really rhyme, it came from a list of pseudo rhymes, and I was like, “What does that even mean, and how would it relate to a poem on humility?”

However, I did some more research and found that psalmody basically means relating to the biblical Psalms, or the singing of psalms or similar sacred canticles, especially in public worship. This perfectly relates to humility, as it can be an adjective to highlight how important it is to spread an attitude of self-modesty in order to promote others before oneself.

Humility is the opposite of pride (if you want to read my poem on pride, you can check it out here.) And despite its intrinsic value to all–as a humble spirit generally aids its host and those around–it isn’t praised enough as a value to emulate.

What do I mean by this? Look at any media source. The celebrities and politicians of today are not humble, by any means. Instead, our media flaunts images of wealth, grandeur, and deceit in order to sell a product, which we then buy into. Why isn’t it that our society is interested in the humble people who serve others even when it jeopardizes  their own safety?

Sometimes we see and hear stories of Good Samaritans, but it is no secret that those who are humble wish to conceal it. And a prideful society is going to promote the self-seeking rather than those with a different mindset.

What does a humble spirit look like? Well, each humble spirit is different. There are shyer humble personalities, and there are more outgoing humble personalities. There is no set checklist of how a humble person must act, except that he or she is doing so in order to help others.

Today consider yourself. Think of your heart, and how you can help someone else today. Be filled with gratitude and charity for others, and use your humility to aid others. Listen to a friend in help; challenge someone’s perspective through friendly dialogue. Do whatever you normally do, but remember to be a person who wants to see better in the world through others, not just yourself.


DAY 7 OF THE SEVEN DAY CHALLENGE.

Wow, guys! Can you believe it? Day 7 is done!

This challenge has been incredibly fun, but I am glad it is over. I love providing poems for you, but it’s time to move on to some new material. We’re going to head back to two-a-week posts (I’m sorry, but I’ve got a check ride to study for, guys) that will cover various topics such as travel, writing, and poetry. Honestly, I’ll write whatever you guys want to hear about! If there’s something you’re genuinely curious about, just leave a comment and I’ll write what you request.

On Monday, which is tomorrow haha, I will write a conclusion post on the Seven Deadly Sins/Seven Heavenly Virtues to tie up what we’ve gone over. I’ll probably go through my favorite poems of the series and go over some more sins/virtues I want to add a few more thoughts on. But then after that–we’re off to new material!

You guys are amazing, and I can’t wait to hear from you.

-K. ❤

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poetry

CHARITY (a poem)

sweet charity should be
like an ever-flowing
mountain brook,
a lifetime supplier
of sustenance from a
dignified mother earth.

but when our pockets are
filled with greed and our hearts
lacking love,
doc’s orders: Charity
is the only drug one
should never get enough of.


CARITAS.

generous actions or donations to aid the poor, ill, or helpless

Charity is one of the most important virtues, in my opinion, as it asks us to place others above the self.  Charity’s antithesis is the darker element of greed, which places the self above others.

Today challenge yourself to consider a charitable action that you can do for someone else in the next twenty-four hours. This can be anything from listening to a friend to donating food. See how your spirit feels after this act, and harness that power into good for others every day. Some only associate charity with monetary deliverances, but there are so many different ways to help others. It’s up to you to lend a hand, though.

(If you care to read my poem on greed, check it out here.)


DAY 3 OF THE SEVEN DAY CHALLENGE.

Thank you so much for reading and participating in this series! I hope you all are having a fantastic day, and make sure to comment below if you have any thoughts on this post. I love interacting with you all and getting to know you a little bit better through this platform.

Your support means the world to me!

-K. ❤

 

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TEMPERANCE (a poem)

why do i want so much
of the things that corrode
my body and my soul.

instead of recognizing
the power of restraint
that mends my body whole.

temperance,
oh how i want you
as a friend and a guide.

so one day
i will say: my
gluttony has died.

MODERATIO

1. moderation or self-restraint in action, statement, etc.; self-control.
2. habitual moderation in the indulgence of a natural appetite or passion, especially in the use of alcoholic liquors

Hello, my dear readers! Today is Day 2 of the Seven Heavenly Virtues series, and we’re going to focus on temperance today. While temperance in my home country of the United States is generally associated with the Temperance Movement (an effort to curb the consumption of alcohol in the Prohibition Era days), I don’t really want to talk about alcohol today.

Instead, I want you guys to realize that the antithesis of gluttony (consuming things in excess) is temperance, which asks us to control and monitor what we are putting into our souls. To me, this can be food, alcohol, or drugs that we’re taking in excess. But it can also refer to things of a mental nature, such as social media or insert whatever is bothering you at this current point in time.

Today I want to challenge you to consider something that is restraining you. For example, I struggle with the amount of time I’m on my phone, so I have created a time limit of two hours for each day. (Does this seem like a lot? It does, but somehow it is so easy to blow through two hours.)

Whatever is bothering you, whatever you’re consuming… Think on it, and practice self-control. Set limits. Talk to friends. Realize that the best thing you can do is open up with yourself to cut out negative energy.

(And if you’d like to check out my poem on gluttony, the antithesis of temperance, check it out here.)


DAY 2 OF THE SEVEN DAY CHALLENGE.

Thank you guys for reading!! So far I have not been too impressed by my poems in this series, so I am hoping I can produce some better material for you all soon. We’re headed to my favorite virtues soon. Comment below the ones you’re excited to see, if you want!

Much love everyone,

-K.

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CHASTITY (a poem)

chastity erodes slowly
like time on a diamond

or 

chastity dies out quickly
like the flame of a candle

but

whatever the truth, will
i ever be chaste enough?


CASTITAS

1. the state of being chaste; purity
2. abstention from sexual intercourse; virginity or celibacy: a vow of chastity

Hello my dear readers! Are you ready to take on the Seven Heavenly Virtues today? I am! After a week of diving deep into some pretty gnarly sins (gnarly, who am I?), we are going to examine the counterparts regarded as things to emulate. Now these are traditionally associated with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, but I think we all can look at each of these virtues with an open mind. (I’m not Catholic, but I am very open to see what these virtues are!)

Chastity is in direct opposition to lust (check out that poem here, if you dare). Chastity asks its host to be in a state of purity. Listed above are two important definitions to note: The first relating to a continuous state of purity, which I see as mental and non-sexual; the second relating specifically to sex.

Now it is not my intention to ruffle any feathers. I would prefer not to go into in-depth detail here, but I did write a poem on this virtue, and I do believe in its importance. Chastity asks us to remain pure of the world’s dark sins. It asks us to remain pure-hearted with our intentions.

I will not go into much more detail, because I do not want to harp on any particular subject, but just know that this poem can be interpreted in so many different ways. It is up to you to deduce what you see within the words.


DAY 1 OF THE SEVEN DAY CHALLENGE.

So now we are back to “Day 1” though it is really Day 8 of a two-week challenge. Ugh, how confusing! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed today’s poem, but I am more excited for the upcoming ones. I think there will be some interesting points to make, and you guys do not be afraid to jump in and share your thoughts. I love your dialogue!

Thanks again, my dears!

-K.

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