On Charm

Charm will not arise when dealing with the good,

Charm is the device of those we don’t detest

when wiser heads suggest that perhaps we should,

The good need not employ charm in order to nest

comfortably within others affections

The charming are bereft of this selfless grace

They beguile company with deft pretensions

to perfume over their truth: vile  and base.

Charming does not forego pleasure other than

in the pursuit of even  greater pleasure.

What a brutal thing it is, to dub a man

As charming. A harsh blow, a savage measure

Wrapped in the cloak of an earnest word of praise,

 To accuse  a person of charm to their face,

 that is the most charming sin of all.


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