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.
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.
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.
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.
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
© 2018 John Hansen