Temptations Cause Sinful Cheating

Temptations Cause Sinful Cheating


I am weak, I know it and not proud of it,
I cannot resist strong temptations,
Temptations cause cheating and even
Though I knew it would be wrong,
That it may hurt someone else,
I failed that someone’s trust
And belief in me.

Tomorrow I will be with family members,
Will they know? Will they see it in my eyes?
How can I not show guilt, when
Guilt is written all over my face,
Every action I take, every word I speak,
Will tell them I did something so very wrong.
My nerves are shot, my head aches,
And my hand shakes.

Maybe – maybe if I just stay home,
They will never know, and feel sorry for me,
Thinking I stayed home because I am sick,
Well, sick I am I guess,
For my weakness, for giving in to temptation,
A temptation that was right there in front of me,
Calling to me, drawing me in.
Will my family understand?
Will they forgive me?

Thanksgiving day I will sit at table,
With family who love and trust me,
Every time one of them looks at me,
Will I hide my eyes, look away,
Or will I be brave and tell them the truth,
That I just cannot have any more turkey,
Because I roasted and ate my own yesterday,
Yes, I ate the whole thing.

That is one of the biggest sins for any
Member of our family to commit, to eat turkey
Just before Thanksgiving.


I actually did not roast and eat a turkey. I have just been craving it, so wrote the poem to
relieve the temptaions. On Thanksgiving day our family always has a huge turkey dinner with
all the traditional trimmings. Regardless of who is the host and cook, the menu is the same.
We all look forward to it and can hardly wait till that beautiful large turkey, browned perfectly,
smelling so good, so succulent, is sat on the table for all to appreciate and praise the hostess.
We watch the host carefully carve the roast turkey and serve it up.

Temptations cause cheating. Be good to yourself and family members and do not give in to
eating turkey just before that beautiful Thanksgiving dinner.

© 2017 Phyllis Doyle Burns

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I have always liked to write. It is important to me that writing comes from my heart and soul. When writing poetry, if I do not feel a spiritual connection to what I am writing on, I will discard it and go on to something I can connect with on a spiritual level. I live in the moment, I write from the past or beyond the veil. When writing fiction I go with whatever inspires me at the moment - it could be funny, sorrowful, romantic or sometimes done with the use of colloquial language from mountain folk or other cultural regions. I began writing content online in 2007, starting with BellaOnline - A Voice For Women, where I was the Native American Editor, Folklore & Mythology Editor, and the Appalachian Editor. I also wrote articles for The Examiner, Daily Two Cents, and Yahoo. I am a freelance writer for Fiverr. I am currently an author on HubPages, a member/author of the Maven Coalition, and Senior Editor and an author for The Creative Exiles. Most of what I write takes a lot of research and I love it. Even if it is a fictional story, I will research for accuracy in whatever it takes to make my characters, their era, their location, etc. become realistic to the reader. I hope you enjoy my works. Thank you for visiting.

5 thoughts on “Temptations Cause Sinful Cheating

  • November 21, 2017 at 11:17 PM

    Had me going there for a minute. Can’t imagine eating a whole turkey, my God! Hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving Phyllis and enjoy time with family. Take care.

    • November 22, 2017 at 2:19 AM

      LOL – Naw, I would never do such a thing! It is just a spoof. Thank you for the good wishes, Tony. Glad you enjoyed the piece. Take care.

  • November 22, 2017 at 12:02 PM

    Wow, yeah, you had me too Phyllis. I was thinking what in the world could dear Phyllis do that was so bad she felt so much shame. Excellent build up Phyllis. Have a great Thanksgiving.

  • November 22, 2017 at 2:50 PM

    Reminds me of the Christmas Story, when the “old man” is always sneaking in to grab a bite of turkey but ends up getting a taste of the unexpected when the hounds have their way


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