September-November 2020

Three by 3 of June-August 2020 reprised Scruples, numbers 1 thru 3.  As promised, there would be more forthcoming.  Numbers 4 thru 6 are the continuation.

All told: “The idea of scruples has to do with ethics and morality: what is right and wrong. Scruples are a kind of moral compass that lets you know what’s right.”  ( )


At first, the youth
could barely twitter his flute…
He’d need years of practice
to grow up,
                into a musician.

One of the streams in the forest
                                    edged a glade.
Kindred spirits gathered there.
While he soloed, they chirped, croaked,
even hissed.

His pluck and striving
                           pleased the gods.
They´d never overheard a mortal so hip
                           at such a tender age.
Only Dionysus didn´t listen. No
           boy could play
country like his kid, Pan.



The rules of this boardinghouse’re
                                        etched in stone.
We can’t miss the tablets—
                                         they stand on
eye level shelves in the parlor—
             one for does,
                       the other donts.

Our landlord lets rooms to strangers.
                      He’s in the business
                           of saving souls.



In Medieval times wives wore
chastity belts when their spouses
weren’t around. All were leather bound
and lockable…some lined with silk,
others bejeweled.

The keys were custom made
from precious metals.
If her husband was a noble,
he’d have chosen gold; gilded
with their family crest.

Women were deemed the weaker sex;
fair prey for troubadours wandering
from castle to castle, waxing poetically
about forbidden fruit.
They were also musicians who could
make a lute sound sweeter                                                                                          than plums, as bitter as quince.




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