Harbourwalk Poem W363

Lust is quite benign –
As long as you keep
It in your mind and body




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

Lust is mostly only deadly if you inflict it upon others, meaning without consent, or recklessly where unwanted pregnancies, contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, may occur. Of course, you can self-harm for sexual pleasure, but I’m talking generally, even mostly, here, as prominent scenarios that are exceptions to the sin of lust being “deadly” in the form of serious harm, not just lethal harm.

This begins a series of seven haiku, one each on the Seven Deadly Sins. It was prompted by a TED Radio Hour podcast on how the Seven Deadly Sins don’t have to be all that deadly, and could maybe even be beneficial, if committed in the “right” ways. 🙂

For these seven poems, I thought own my own about each of the Seven Deadly Sins to come up with how I saw they didn’t have to be “deadly” when committed.

The W-series poems comprise mostly of haiku or tanka composed during walks I took on the portion of Halifax’s waterfront known as the Harbourwalk, during the warmer months of 2018 & 2019, when the Seabridge was in place.


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