"Saint Jerome in the Wilderness" by Paris Bordone‘Beware, Good Christian’ by Jeffrey Essmann The Society July 19, 2018 Culture, Poetry Beware, good Christian, if you ask the Lord to throw you some of his humility, for in his spirited agility He’ll grant you all his graces can afford. Your wit, your charm, they’ll come to be abhorred. You’ll come to doubt your own civility, call into question your virility. No tic or wart will loiter unexplored. Yet never underestimate your pride: it takes your noblest efforts in its stride. You’ll soon begin to think your lowly mien the envy of the saintly brotherhood, and passing by a glass, your image seen, think even sackcloth’s never looked this good. Jeffrey Essmann’s prose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and numerous magazines and literary journals, his poetry in America Magazine and Dappled Things. He lives in New York City. Related Post ‘The Mellow Season’ by Carole Mertz Ah, now comes the mellow season, Marks its time with jackdaws caws. Autumn with its rusty reason Offers forth its season’s laws. Now no more the... Tell the world:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestRedditLinkedInEmail Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.