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The Steamer, and: Seven Deadly Sins
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The Steamer

They are waiting for a ship
In the landlocked suburbs;
Women hanging clothes,
Their fingers full of pins,

Imagine sweeping decks
And cocktails. The yards
Close around them
Like venus flytraps;

The mailman trudging up
The walk counts
Down his stops to
A happy weightlessness

While the ship sails
Into the fantasy
Our quiet hearts recall.
How many ships

Their mast lights growing
Brighter, part
The waters of our dreams
Soundlessly in sleep?

Seven Deadly Sins

Sloth is as normal
As lust. A cheetah hunts at seventy miles per hour.
It spends most of its time in sloth.
To a soldier in combat
Idleness is good; it is a prelude to terror.
Five minutes of terror is worth five years of sloth.
Lust never leaves you; it is as natural as hunger.
Lust fulfilled is happiness. Love triples it.
Gluttony replaces starvation with feasts.
Greed is essential. It leads to prosperity.
Pride is the engine of achievement. Wrath
Is an engine of the will. It is a fighter’s necessity.
Envy sets an example with a little
Jealousy for drive.

How can we live without the seven deadly sins?
When a snake bites it is its nature to bite.
When a woman enchants beyond reason
You fall out of reason … you fall.
Where is the sin in that?

Ron De Maris  

Ron De Maris is a retired professor of humanities, English, and creative writing from Miami Dade College, where he taught for forty years. His work has appeared in many magazines, including The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, and Poetry.

Copyright © 2014 Louisiana State University Press
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Maris, R. D.(2014). The Steamer, and: Seven Deadly Sins. Southern Review 50(2), 302-303. Louisiana State University Press. Retrieved April 25, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Ron De Maris. "The Steamer, and: Seven Deadly Sins." Southern Review 50, no. 2 (2014): 302-303. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed April 25, 2014).
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