The Pursuit Of Chastity

The Pursuit Of Chastity prose poem

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Though not a right, may I seek a fading, but yet worthy pursuit?
For the many whose pursuit of chastity in marriage grinds to a halt,
Could it not be due in part to being pulled toward illusions of grandeur?

Am I listening to the sound of music never designed for winners?
Do I look with glee through glasses neither half full nor half empty?
Am I salivating over portraits created by mirages in the desert?

The continuous grind of interpersonal conflicts
The verbal, emotional, and physical abuse
And the devastating effects of ‘an affair’
Are they endurable till but death depart?

The rights of life and liberty,
And the pursuit of happiness too,
So deeply rooted in the fiber of my being.

But why do I not turn my eyes, and slowly walk away?
Why do I allow such noble dreams to become nightmares?

With two ears, I pursue chastity.
In one ear I hear a voice, saying,
“With just one secluded night of infidelity,
You could be infused with adventure and pleasure”.
That voice is so crystal clear, so pleasing and promising.
It has the sound of charm and enchantment, a costly voice

So I close the other ear that’s projecting a voice of caution and reason.
It says to me, “Please don’t, because you would lose a lasting bond of trust”.

Is it just me, or do I see a dying breed of the trusted and the faithful?
Is it just me, or are we growing indifferent to the tried and the true?
Is there anybody trying to be reliable, like the rising and setting sun?

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I am a retired minister and the husband of Barbara for 42 years. We reside in Sacramento ,Ca. We have two sons and a daughter, and we are the proud grandparents of 6 children.
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Reyvrex Questor Reyes

@curtisjohnsonsr, chastity has been the subject of many writes since medieval times. Starting with the tales surrounding knights and kings, in Camelot or elsewhere, it is still of interest in the suburban living of the recent times. When it is a virtue pursued by society, to be ingrained in the morals of the individual, the circumstances and stimuli to forego it persist strongly. The pursuit of happiness entitled to
everyone, sometimes take the form of having thrills elsewhere, outside of the matrimonial bedroom than inside of it. One thing seems apparent, there is no dying breed of unchaste people as it has been the same since the time of Launcelot, or the chastity belt, up to the modern times, with surveillance agencies and CCTV. Interesting poem you have here. And well expressed.


The power and influence of the Inner Voice…So true!


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