Denis Martindale

Temptation - Poem by Denis Martindale

Temptation comes in many forms,
They're mostly human, though...
At first, temptation gently warms,
Then boils to overflow!
As humans, we're weak as water!
What strength can we provide?
When we don't do what we oughta,
Billions of sighs are sighed!
Man's conscience warns and gives us pause...
Reflect, repent, resist!
Yet even if we know God's laws,
Temptation will persist!
We try, at first, to turn away...
We fight against delight!
Yet few are they who strive all day
And fight with all their might!
The righteousness of morning fades...
It melts beneath the sun...
Temptation builds and thus pervades
Within us, every one!
We swelter in the afternoon...
Then cool when evening's here...
Then comes the madness of the moon,
When lunatics show fear!
In darkness now, we sin again,
Regardless of the cost!
When Samson sinned, he joined weak men
And more than eyes were lost!
Temptation whispers, then it shouts!
It beckons and beguiles!
It drips soft honey on your doubts
And tricks you with its smiles...
Temptation cares not for your soul...
Indeed, it never will!
Yet God forgives and makes you whole,
Through Christ on Calvary's Hill!

Topic(s) of this poem: christ, easter, god, jesus, temptation

Form: Prose Poem

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, October 23, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, May 19, 2016

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