LUST (a poem)

dear lust,

i wish i could bottle you up
and stick you on the top
shelf of my closet, under
dirty clothes that i will
never wear and old paperbacks
that i will never read.

it’s not your fault
that you exist, that your
glow sizzles my skin.
in fact it is mine, and
i’ll bear it every day
that i should live.

because every time i catch
a breath of your scent
i remember the words
he told me, the things he said.
and i think to myself:
never again, never again.

but then you come back,
impossible to contain,
each thought of his voice
blackening my veins,
because i did not want for a body;
i lusted for a brain.

but the blood that
flows through me
holds my


is the psychological force producing intense wanting or longing for an object, or circumstance fulfilling the emotion. Lust can take any form such as the lust for sexuality, love, money, or power.Β -Wikipedia (a great source lol)

As a human being I am prone to lusting after things I want. It’s a sin, and I know it well. No human is exempt from sin. We’re prone to going for things we (think that we) want, and this can destroy us in the process.

While I do not want to harp too long on lust, I just want to say that this poem is a representation of the sort of lust I have struggled with in the past. Typically I do not find myself drawn to a person based on physical traits; I’m after what’s going on in that mind of theirs, and then I have to remember to calm down and relax.

While I could definitely go off on a tangent about lust, I just want to leave you guys with this little snippet into my own interpretation of it. Maybe this is something a lot of you struggle with; maybe it isn’t. But I hope you guys can take something away from this poem and remember that there will be six more following this week.


Aha! Day 1 is done. Now we have six more poems to follow, in which I will be continuing on with this segment of the Seven Deadly Sins. These next days will be filled with short blog posts like this one, and then I will eventually create a concluding blog post with my thoughts on the topic of sin and virtue. Maybe you will enjoy some of those ramblings from me.

Please remember to have a beautiful day! (It seems a little weird for me to say that after such an adult topic, but I do really want you to have a good day.)

Until tomorrow,



18 thoughts on “LUST (a poem)”

  1. I agree that wearing dirty clothes again is a no-no; hence, lust better stay there. For me, that is the most effective personification for avoiding lust that I’ve got to know. Bravo! πŸ™‚

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  2. This is profound. Lust is an unrestrained appetite for things inordinate. It’s a product of the things we feed our eyes/ears, and consequently, our minds. Good thing is we can overcome them when we begin to feed our minds more on God’s word and consciously take measures not to feed our lusts.

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    1. You are absolutely right! God can free us from anything, as long as we trust him and study his word. I love how you wrote, β€œLust is an unrestrained appetite for things inordinate.” Such an accurate description! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸŒΊπŸ’•πŸŒΈ

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  3. Lust is what separates us from God. A creative mind causes the lust factor to want more and more from it. An excellent description of lust, Katie Kay. I had to laugh regarding the place to store the bottled lust. I send my bottled lust to the dentist’s office.

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    1. I am glad you had a good laugh. πŸ˜‚πŸ’œπŸ’œ And I like how you say, β€œLust is what separates us from God.” Absolutely true. It is something we must be willing to work on. Thank you for reading books

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  4. I love the way you have penned these lines, well written. I am bemused as one who tries to write also of spiritual matters. Should you always link lust to sin? Comment sections do not really allow discussion, so I will just leave you with a thought. Are not sin and lust both constructs of man, and are there not occasions where lust could not be a sin? Thank you for posting. Have a wonderful day πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you for reading! You have brought up some very interesting points… Sometimes it is easy to forget that mankind HAS created these problems. As for lust never being a sin, that too is an interesting perspective. I will definitely be pondering on your comment this afternoon, David!


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