Sloth( Acedia)

This fifth poem is a part of the anthology of poems based on the Seven deadly sins. Do read the previous ones too, if you haven’t yet.

Sloth(Acedia) – excessive laziness or the failure to act and utilize one’s talents.

Thou seest how sloth wastes the sluggish body, as water is corrupted unless it moves.
– Ovid


A cessation of motion
an inability to work
you are indifferent
to emotions
trapped in a
cold stone heart
comfortably numb from inside
filled with apathy
reeking of sluggishness
running away from your
duties and obligations
as far you can
turning a blind eye
to every
despicable act
makes you somewhat
less than a man.

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19 thoughts on “Sloth( Acedia)

  1. Reblogged this on Falling Star Burning Brightly and commented:
    My wife insisted that she go to work even though I wanted her to take care of our home.
    So we built a two earner lifestyle.
    In 2007 she survived a brain aneurysm.
    In 2008 she was laid off and she was devastated.
    She lay on a couch for a year watching tv.
    I insisted she go to school and she earned a diploma.
    She then Found a job that didn’t work out.
    Again she was devastated.
    Back on the couch she went watching tv.
    I insisted she find another job or apply for S.S. disibility.
    She was denied.
    After losing a third of our income guess who got stuck holding an empty bag?
    That’s right me.
    So I struggle to soar every single day with a dead weight died to my legs.
    That’s just one of the many reasons I hate feminism with a passion.
    Why poems liked this one offend m deeply.

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    1. Dabir, I guess that you got offended cause the poem speaks of a man but while writing I wrote keeping both the genders in mind cause any of the sins are gender neutral.Hope this will clear the misunderstanding.


      1. Yes Megha I was offended not by the poem itself but because it targeted males as opposed to both genders. Thank you for taking the time to explain your thoughts behind this poem.

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