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Good afternoon, poets and friends.   Mary here tending the bar today.  I had to resist the temptation to go to a movie today rather than spending time here in the bar & also the temptation to visit my favorite ice cream stand and indulge in a large butter pecan ice cream cone.  Sometimes when my alarm clock rings in the morning I am tempted to turn it off and go back to sleep.  Many things tempt me on any given day.  Sometimes I indulge and sometimes I don’t.  How about you?

Today I would like you to write about ‘temptation’ in some way.  Yours or someone else’s.  Factual (perhaps historical) or fictional.  Think back to the serpent in the Garden of Eden, and perhaps do a poetic retelling or revision.   How do you deal with temptation?  What temptation do you have a hard time resisting?  When don’t you?  Or why?  Who is your fantasy tempter/temptress?  Is temptation always something negative?  Have you ever been the one who does the tempting? Etc. Etc.

Perhaps one of the following quotes will inspire you or at least make you smile!

“Yield to temptation.  It may not pass your way again.” — Robert Heinlein

“I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.”  — Mae West

“There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.”  — Mark Twain

“Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.”  —  George Bernard Shaw

“For every man there exists a bait which he can’t resist swallowing.”   — Friedrich Nietzsche

“Opportunity may knock once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.” – Anonymous

What to do next:

• Post your poem to your blog

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• Above all- have fun!