Treasure Island

chandra thiagarajan


Greatest Vice


One may others largely envy
And hold resentment with jealousy.

One may have abundant pride
And with excessive love of self abide.

One may nurse plenty of anger
And hold on to wrath as a tiger.

One may indulge in liberal laziness
And may be occupied with idleness.

One may have a lot of avarice
And may not want any holding to miss.

One may have over-indulgence in food
And may be a glutton and crude.

One may go after wanton lust
And may want to have the crust.

Many another loathing habit
One may possess in their spirit.

All these are no doubt sins and evils
But the greatest vice as of the devils.

Is the vice of hurting a human being's mind
Hence let us never do so and be ever kind.

Submitted: Friday, February 15, 2013

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  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (2/18/2013 8:53:00 PM)

    I agree with your points of jealousy, anger, overindulgence and other negative character listed in the poem, but culturally we are totally different. For example when a Chinese is caught for any petty to severe crime regarding economics, they have the perception that the accused is not smart enough! simply they say that the person is not smart enough to do it perfectly, but in our part of the world we curse him, his family and his whole generation of descendants. I don't justify the wrong doings, but i write how people take the same action as sins or otherwise! very good poem and enjoyed reading this! thank you for sharing! (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilson (2/16/2013 3:38:00 PM)

    So many vices in this world, and really never enough kindness, loved your poem Chandra, so thoughtful. (Report) Reply

  • Malaya Roses (2/16/2013 3:12:00 AM)

    Wake up with such deep conscious about human interaction among one and another made this poem meaningful and beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (2/15/2013 10:18:00 AM)

    Knowingly giving pain to others or hurting another man's feelings is the greatest vice. But we cannot please everybody. At times we cause hurt to other people, that cannot be avoided! ! May God forgive us for it! In such cases, our intention is more important! Every day you come up with some beautiful thoughts Chandra! (Report) Reply

  • Neela Nath (2/15/2013 9:16:00 AM)

    Some people can't resist themselves when they hurt others thru their comments. and activities. I love to avoid them, lest I start following their path. Lovely write! (Report) Reply

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