The Virtue of Charity , by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, from The World of Seven Virtues

AND FRED CONTINUED HIS CONVERSATION WITH THE SEVEN SOMNAMBULISTS“The fifth among you shall be named ‘Capitulation.’”

“Thine cloak takes on a multitude of shadows.”

“Amongst these are the hues of passiveness,

and a worried and feigned friendliness.”

“Thy forms are ‘The Flock,

and The Multitudes.”

 

“Thine shape is that of the serpent, or at best the chameleon.”

“Doest the oily slime of a dead oasis make you jealous?”

“Doest it nurture more spine in the slime than thou?”

“Then shed your cloak of capriciousness.”

“Or is it vacillation?”

 

“Doest thou vacillate to save your hide or your mind?”

“Doest thou croak like a frog when he vacillates,

his bloated chin to hide his fear of the dark?”

“Or is it fickleness? Art thou fickle,

like a young girl with choices?”

Doest thou squander,

your most prized and,

pure possession,

with each,

choice?”

 

“Or is it equivocation?”

 

“Doest thou weigh every fact as the money changer in the temple?”

“Doest thou spill gold while trying to count brass?

“Or is it ambivalence? Doest thou not care?”

“Doest thou have a weak mind,

like the slimy mollusk?”

 THUS SPOKE FRED

Tomorrow: “Victimhood and Failure”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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