The 7 Heavenly Virtues

In parallel to the 7 Deadly Sins, here are the 7 Heavenly Virtues.  Inspired by the prompt from Sahm to compose cinquains based on either of these seven.  Beyond just the obvious correlation of the seven to one another, that is lust/chastity, gluttony/temperance, greed/charity, sloth/diligence, wrath/patience, envy/kindness, and pride/humility, I tried to also make the contents of the cinquains relate to one another.

 

Chastity

Virgins:
Overrated.
Men don’t dictate my worth,
But nor will I be eaten by
Dragons.

Diligence

Do not
Cease doing good.
Seek a need and fill it.
Evil triumphs when good men do
Nothing.

Temperance

Practice
Self-discipline;
Moderation in all things,
Including moderation.  Just
Let go.

Charity

Your eyes,
Sunken with shame;
Holding that cardboard sign.
I don’t just thrust out a bill, I
See you.

Patience

You can’t
Rush a sunrise,
Force a flower to bloom,
Mend faster than nature allows.
Breathe.  Wait.

Kindness

The best
Kindness is truth
Over flattering lies.
Yes, those pants do make you look fat.
Wear these.

Humility

Discern
Your own value
But sing not your praises.
Allow actions to speak louder
Than words.

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5 thoughts on “The 7 Heavenly Virtues

  1. Pingback: The 7 Deadly Sins | Creative Metaphor

  2. My favourite is the chastity one – it gives it a different angle that was probably not being thought about by early Bible scholars =)

    By the way I never even KNEW about cinquains. You are way above me in the poetry Hame of Fame.

    • Ha! Don’t feel bad, I followed a poetry prompt to find out about cinquains! But thank you for the comment. I know “chastity” is a bit of a departure from traditional thinking, but that can be good sometimes. 🙂

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