That Guy

Updated on November 10, 2019
Cattaleya profile image

I have attempted a poetic approach on the requirement of a parity between good and evil - the yin and yang that make life what it is.


Higher than the ocean

But lower than the moon

He hangs tight for life

With all its gloom.

A little gossip here

And a bit much ho ho there

Oh the misery of a poor lad

He can hardly fathom his dear dad

All minds sincere

From a toe to every hair.

‘A bit different he is’ mother says

The others just play safe

They grudge against him like a Tartar

All haughtily impaired.

‘Just a bit different he is’ they say

But within their lair

He is just an evil little hare.


Wild as a mayhem

But sweet as a pea

He likes to savour his moments

With all too many bees.

A grasp of reality

Does not have he

But a touch of eternity

Might have a soulful glee.

He likes his ale

And he likes his gin

Every flavour is a haven

One two and a seven.

His heart is of gold

He helps those who are sore

Not a trifle in return

Just the pleasure of a good learn.

His humour and his smile

His kindness with no craft

Are not enough for the half

Who would like to see him rile.

Humble he has rife

Not a snob is he

He is square and fair

With a belly full of bear

And adventures to great heights.


But a libertine he is

And that can’t be right

Much of such sin

Is met with the guillotine

And a handful of righteous eyes.

Just as song and dance

Go hand in hand

So do good and bad

Neither in advance.

Monsters and fairies

Are all of this world

Hedonism and Temperance

Shake hands and stroll.

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    © 2019 Tiyasha Maitra


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      • Cattaleya profile imageAUTHOR

        Tiyasha Maitra 

        2 months ago from Gurgaon

        Thanks for reading Lora. Good and bad require a balance. And yes, we live in a world of hypocrisy and judgement. It's sad to see how some people enjoy judging and criticising others when they need to in fact look within themselves.

        Hope you are doing ok. Stay safe.

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        Lora Hollings 

        2 months ago

        A very interesting and well written poem, Tiyasha. I like your theme about the two sides of man that often are not seen or kept hidden from others' view. We often hear people that criticize others for the faults that they, too, have but have become so accustomed to their hypocrisy that they are no long disturbed by it. Much insight and skill shown in your poem!

      • Cattaleya profile imageAUTHOR

        Tiyasha Maitra 

        7 months ago from Gurgaon

        Thanks Brenda. You are right. The nicest of people can be so nasty at times.

      • Brenda Arledge profile image


        7 months ago from Washington Court House

        A good write. I think we all have both parts inside of us, but some let their sides be known.

        Some people can be so kind hearted yet cruel at the same time.

      • Cattaleya profile imageAUTHOR

        Tiyasha Maitra 

        7 months ago from Gurgaon

        Thank you so much.

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        7 months ago

        This is so good!

      • Cattaleya profile imageAUTHOR

        Tiyasha Maitra 

        7 months ago from Gurgaon

        Thanks so much both of you. It means a lot.

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        John Hansen 

        7 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Life isn't all black and white, and there is some good and bad in all of us. Interesting poem.

      • Lorna Lamon profile image

        Lorna Lamon 

        7 months ago

        I think we all have a little bit of good and bad in us. Your poem reflects the humorous side to both and I enjoyed this read.


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