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The Devil's Halo, a Poem

John has many years of writing experience in poetry, short fiction and text for children's books. Basically, he just loves to write.

Never smile at a crocodile

No, you can't get friendly with a crocodile

Don't be taken in by his welcome grin

He's imagining how well you'd fit within his skin

— Frank Churchill

The Devil's Halo

Covers don't define a book,

Though they oft' determine sales.

What's good inside may not be seen

Because the outside pales.


It's said that beauty is skin deep

And often that is true.

It's what's inside that really counts

And that's unique to you.


Some people flash their wealth around,

Rolex watch, designer clothes.

But money doesn't make the man,

It's all purely for show.


A wolf in sheep's clothing

A wolf in sheep's clothing

Beware the wolf who's dressed in wool,

He looks so meek and calm.

But as soon as your defence is down

He'll pounce and do you harm.


You shouldn't trust a crocodile,

And it's warm, inviting smile.

If unwarily you stray too close

You'll become a gourmet meal.


Sharks are everywhere we look,

Fins circling all about.

We're just mere minnows in a school,

A feeding frenzy route.


Sharks circling

Sharks circling

At first, most people may act nice

But underneath are cruel.

Don't drop your guard and let them strike,

They'll treat you like a fool.


The devil has a halo too.

He often hides his horns

And offers to cure all your woes.

A rose with poison thorns.


Innocence befits a child,

But wisdom comes with age.

Separating truth from lies

Is a challenge on life's stage.


A rose with poison thorns

A rose with poison thorns

Don't be fooled by what you hear

Or even what you see,

There's so much falsehood in the world,

Discernment sets you free.


So, be yourself, don't act a part

In this soap opera of life.

There is no Oscar to be won,

Just avoid the back-stabbed knife.

Author's Note

This is another poem inspired by the title of a novel in my bookcase. This seems to be my muse's current obsession. On this occasion, the book in question is of course 'The Devil's Halo' by Chris Fox.

This is only Chris Fox's second novel (the first being the widely acclaimed LUCI in the Sky). It is a political thriller set in the 21st Century and riveting reading.

"A breathtaking 21st- Century spy story"- Nelson Demille

The Devil’s Halo by Chris Fox

The Devil’s Halo by Chris Fox

© 2018 John Hansen

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