April 3, 2008

 

Temptation

(an allegory of sorts)

 

last night I gave in to temptation

this morning I am with remorse

 

those two Oreos didn’t look so bad

at first

and were tasty too

with that glass of milk

cold

right out of the bag

 

but the chips they wanted for company

didn’t go down so well

or settle

too much salt

too soon after

too much sugar

 

(I am, after all,

forty-seven)

 

so the gummies

and the chocolate snacks that followed

both of them

were only to settle my nerves

until they started calling for peanuts

(unsalted, this time)

what could I do

but give in to their demands

 

then, finally,

just before bed

two slices of cheddar

mild

so it wouldn’t bother me

 

but it did

it all did

with dreams

indigestion

and other things

 

and  now

I am remorseful

 

my body

it pays the price

for my indiscretions

 

Tongue in cheek, sort of, I had a

bad munch on last night and I paid

the price for it today.

 

More devastating temptations also

begin with the beguiling innocence.

Likewise they are followed either by

remorse, repentance or repercussion.