Posted by: Ron DuBour | April 19, 2014

Four Plus Three

Poesy plus Polemics

"Allegory of Virtue" Painting by Theodoor van Thulden From “Allegory of Virtue”
Painting by Theodoor van Thulden

the cardinal virtues
prudence temperance
justice and courage
foursquare foundation
for ethical conduct
born on the tongue
of Solomon’s wisdom
played upon Plato’s
republican dreams
obliged by paternal
admonitions of Cicero
graced by divinity
given confession of
Augustine’s heart
neatly codified raised
into doctrine Aquinas
defended with intellect
joined to three blest
theological virtues
faith hope and charity
handsome new legs
seven-colored their
script set for rigors
of civilization-built
embodiment here is
the model the linchpin
array that my ancestors
gave me my mentors
implored of my heart
mind and soul for
developing goodness
adopting the social and
psychical means to
redeem moral character

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