HEAD DOODLING BACK
Patience - is waiting.
A virtue, they say.
Much like the last chance,
When life gets in the way.
An admirable trait
In the gang to the rear of ya . . .
If only the dawdlers ahead
Had stayed clear of ya.
It's kind of a hope.
And it's kind of a stall.
Though it probably outlives . . .
No patience at all.
notes on Patience is a
In Catholic Catechism, the Seven Christian Virtues refers to the Cardinal
Virtues of: prudence, justice, temperance and courage (from ancient Greek philosophy)
and the Theological Virtues of: faith,
hope and charity or love (from the letters of St. Paul). This list of virtues is often referred to as the
this list is quite different from the list of Seven Heavenly Virtues in which “patience”
first appeared as a virtue. This list is
from the enormously popular 4th century, epic poem, entitled Psychomachia (or Battle/Contest
of the Soul) by Aurelius Clemens Prudentius.
The poem is about the battle between the Seven Virtues and the Seven
Deadly Sins. The Seven Virtues are identified
as: chastity, temperance, charity,
diligence, patience, kindness and humility (the practice of which protects one from
the Seven Deadly Sins: lust, gluttony,
greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride).
The actual proverb: Patience is a Virtue, has been traced back to
'Piers Plowman' (1377) by William Langland.
photo: Traffic Jam Patience - W. Bourke
© 2011 Wendy Bourke