Friday, April 13, 2007 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Celebrating poetry

April is National Poetry Month, and to mark the occasion, last Monday The Seattle Times printed five new poems by local wordsmiths. Here's another, by Peter Pereira:

Reconsidering the Seven

Deadly Sins? Please — let's replace Pride
with Modesty, especially when it's false.

And thank goodness for Lust, without it
I wouldn't be here. Would you?

Envy, Greed — why not? If they lead us
to better ourselves, to Ambition.

And Gluttony, like a healthy belch, is a guest's
best response to being served a good meal.

I'll take Sloth over those busybodies
who can't sit still, watch a sunset

without yammering, or snapping a picture.
Now that makes me Wrathful.

Copyright © 2007 The Seattle Times Company


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