"Pittura Infamante:-A Poem About Traitors

Updated on April 7, 2018
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In 2016 words began tumbling onto the page, forming songs of heartspeak. Giving birth to a love of writing poetry and ecclectic articles.


A Little Background….

PIttura Infamante is a Italian phrase naming a defaming-portrait, especially during the Renaissance period in Italy.

Popular subjects of Pittura Infamante are traitors, thieves and those guilty of bankruptcy where often there is no legal remedy available.

PIttura Infamante term was based on a feudal honour-based code, where shame was its main form of social punishment.

Pitture Infamanti shaming occurred in public places.

Pittura Infamante

a soft haze

hugs my sorrow and daze

eyes filled with teardrops

as I gaze over the milksop

my head is now forced so low

that my silver cloak

makes me invisible within the world

what stands behind me is not foretold

innocent words are contoured by dark minds

puncturing and wounding my back undenied

forcing me to the ground

to from a humiliating mound


betrayal is the centre of evil doing

especially when against one’s virtues, not sins within you.

the deeper the wound

the greater the sorrow, and prejudice proven

darkness seeks battle with the mind

leaving a blood-soaked bandage wrapped and timed

the battle is going to be long

prepare to comfort, and soothe what’s wrong

out the front is the battalion of self value

ready to prance, stomp and rescue

fire of the sun and heart full of fun

will change the fight to be won


traitors were hung upside down

legs rundown

the traitor’s view is upside down

lower than sewerage scum

maybe it’s time to stay low

non-action is action in toe

time to rest a wounded heart in kind

stay with the haze non-aligned

Someone professing friendship yet who practices injury is something

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      Threekeys 2 weeks ago from Australia

      It's funny eric the poem came to me first and it was the last image in my mind (the image of a man hanging upside down in a tree) that I went googling to see if there was a name or foreign name for that Hanged Man image And there was! Pittura Infamante. It was the first time I had heard of this phrase as well as learning of its origins. Having part Italian heritage, the way of social humiliation can occur through gossip and inneundo; and this is not new. Italians can be very gossipy and your pride can come before a fall.

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      Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great work here. I looked up Pittura Infamante before I even read this. Cool term. And you did real fine in creating your own. Plus it has a rhythm that is good.