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Linda has been writing Poetry & other genre's since she was a young girl. Her passion for writing brings her healing & peace.

The Charming Sociopath



Poem of the Sociopath

Words Fly, tales are spoken

Lie after lie, trust is broken

Dark scenarios, begin to emerge

Sadistic acts, evil to purge

Double life, hidden for years

Videos found, break down in tears

Questioning self, how could it be?

White collar Sociopath, living with me

Definition of Sociopath

"Sociopath" was a term used in the past for a patient with antisocial personality disorder, according to MedicineNet:

A person with this disorder shows a strong pattern of systemically violating and disregarding the rights of others, and he normally does not feel guilty when his actions hurt other people.:

Inspiration for Poem:

I've always found healing in writing poetry; no matter if the topic is happy or sad. Writing purges all emotions from my soul. It eases my fears, anxieties, and strengthens my hopes and dreams.,

This particular poem was my way of dealing with a very traumatic break up of a marriage of one of my best friends. Many secrets came out about the kind of double life my friend's husband was living. I know we all have certain parts of us not everyone knows, but when it's so contrasting to the person you thought you knew, it's painful and scary to take it all in. This scenario is unfortunately not uncommon. Thankfully, for my friend, she has moved on with life and has found love again with a man she trust's.

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Another Poem by Minnetonka Twin

  • Imposter: A Poem
    This is a true story about a woman who meets, what she thinks, is a good man. The man she loved and trusted, soon reveals his true, dark side. This is a journey into the sinister world of a sociopath

© 2012 Linda Rogers


Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on September 10, 2017:

Tamara-This was a poem about one of my best friends but sadly, my twin sister lived with the same thing. She finally had the courage to leave him after 13 years. It's so sad how many people are roaming this earth that are sociopath's/Narcissist's. Especially for those of us that want to trust what someone portrays to us. It's painful when you think you know someone, and then you find out they are completely a different person. Thanks again for stopping by another one of my hubs.

Tamara Moore on September 10, 2017:

Indeed, "how could it be?" Cognitive Dissonance. This is a needed post. Thank you, Linda!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on September 03, 2013:

I agree with you. It is important to not lose yourself in a partner or partnership and keep that healthy boundary, because you never know. Hope you had a great Labor Day weekend James and I really appreciate you coming by :-)

Tijani Achamlal from Morocco on September 03, 2013:

Yeah,I know..It makes you doubt love.That s why sometimes it s better not to lean all of you on man and caution is needed because less expectation is less disappointment.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on September 03, 2013:

Thanks James. I know that last line is pretty strong but I wasn't sure how to say it. A great friend's husband was leading a double life and it was very dark and evil. It's scary how you think you know someone and find out it's all just an act.

Tijani Achamlal from Morocco on September 03, 2013:

Awesome and very beautiful.It flows smoothly till the end with one theme :disappointment . Voted up

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 23, 2012:


Thanks Victoria Lynn~I know it's a dark and heavy poem. I find writing these so healing for the soul. This is sadly about a friend's husband who turns out to be living a double life. The hardest part for her was having to come to terms with it. Most of us knew he was a narcissist and sociopath but things came out that surprised even us. It's so icky.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on October 23, 2012:

Wow, that is heavy stuff. Wonderfully expressed. Many votes.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on July 24, 2012:

Hi Stars-it's so great to see you my friend. I am so tired of all this heat and humidity. I want to go out and play. I guess this weekend it's gonna cool down a little. Thanks for reading my poem Stars :-)

stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on July 23, 2012:

So much truth, and meaning in a short poem. Wonderful accurate account of a person that has done wrong, and must face the consequences. Love you , and you're dear ones precious heart. Stay cool.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on July 20, 2012:

Debby-This is about my friend, not me. Of course I am hurting for her but her pain is raw after finding out the man she loved is a wolf in sheeps clothing. thanks for coming by, I appreciate it. I also appreciate you sharing it.

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on July 20, 2012:

wow Linda.... this is amazing.. You must be going through a lot.. so sorry.. My prayers are with you.. this poem touched me to the deepest part of the soul..sharing


Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on July 19, 2012:

Thank you so much for your warm wishes and nice compliment. I know my buddy will get through this.

Cracknutcase from India,bangalore on July 18, 2012:

Awesome work like always! Though devastating for the one who is going through it.

Warm wishes to you and your friend.

Take care Linda :)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on July 16, 2012:

OOHH, why is my Canadian Prince down? Please watch for a email or E Card from one of your biggest admirers. Life can have it's ups and downs my friend, as you can see from my dark poem. We shall press on and look for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow :-) You are in my thoughts dear Prince.

epigramman on July 16, 2012: this is really terrific writing - I was riveted by the words and so impressed by your awesome work - I sincerely hope you are feeling better my dear friend after what you have gone through but lately I have felt lonely and depressed but trying to carry on -

sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 3:44pm

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on July 09, 2012:

Thank you so much carmaluda for your encouraging words about my dark poem. Sometimes writing dark poetry can be very healing. So glad you liked it.

carmaluda from New Zealand on July 08, 2012:

Great poem! You can feel the short, sharp stabs of pain and anger. And the ultimate questioning of self and analogy to living with the spawn of satan. I loved it.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on July 04, 2012:

I totally agree with you Jackie. Maybe we don't wanna know about how many there are. Thanks for reading and for voting up.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on July 04, 2012:

My guess is there are many more than we know about and some we will never know about.

Great write, voting up.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on July 03, 2012:

Hi raciniwa-I think many friends and family saw much more than she did. It's easy to close your eyes at times, instead of facing what's there. Turns out there was more darkness than most of thought.

raciniwa from Talisay City, Cebu on July 01, 2012:

awwww....this couldn't be on earth he has passed the scanner?

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 28, 2012:

Thanks Redberry for appreciating my dark poem. I find it healing to write dark poetry with the hardships that come up in life. I do feel sad for my childhood buddy for finding out her husband was living a double life. Trust me, it's icky but all her friends and family are rallying around her.

Redberry Sky on June 28, 2012:

Beautiful and very dark, minnetonkatwin. I love the eerieness and mystery of it, although I hate to think what could have happened to your friend to inspire it.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 20, 2012:

Glad you got you and the kids out of this situation. I know so many who have lived this way. It is no way to live. Thx for reading my poem :-)

Midnight Lights from USA on June 20, 2012:

ahha, I can relate to this, but then again, I think I knew he had a split identity, a hidden agenda. Had kids so I put up with it till just couldn't take it anymore. Great write. :)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 19, 2012:

Thanks for the kind words about my poem and also for hitting all those buttons. I really appreciate that! I am feeling sad for my friend that is going through this. I'm trying as hard as I can to be there during this sad and painful process.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 19, 2012:

Wow, thank you for that nice compliment mckbirdbks. I couldn't sleep that night my friend told me about her husband and all the antics. My mind was just whirling and this poem came to me. I had to release the energy of the pain and sadness.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 19, 2012:

Thanks Rosemay for your words of comfort for my friend. I too have read hubs lately about others going through a similar experience. It's so sad and quite scary.

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on June 18, 2012:

Perfect poem and title Linda. I hope you are not feeling this way, didn't read the comments above. If not, you hit the emotion and pain right on the head. Deep poetry Linda, well done. Voted up, useful, and awesome. Best wishes.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on June 18, 2012:

Minnetonka Twin this is so well written. That you captured someone elses pain makes that more remarkable.

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on June 18, 2012:

You needed to write this to help work off some of the shock, pain and anger, I read a similar hub this morning of somebody's double life being exposed.

I hope your friend and her children get through this OK my thoughts will be with them, and you

Take care

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 17, 2012:

Hi Vincent-it's great to see you here. It is truly scary how many sociopath's are walking among us. The sad part is, most of us believe what we see in front of us as we aren't wired to think it's a lie. The process of coming to terms with who the person really is, can be devastating. My friend is in therapy to help get through this. All her friends are rallying around her. Blessings friend.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 17, 2012:

God Bless you Martie for your thoughtful comment. Life does have a way of teaching us through lots of pain. Most people that knew this man, realized he was a true narcissist. I know so many women and men that have been charmed by this personality type and are later blown away when they see the double life and true person emerge. It's a true life horror movie.

Vincent Moore on June 16, 2012:

Beautifully written, although the pain felt as you released your findings about your friends dark husband. Let it go on record, there are many, many deep dark secrets amongst our human race, many that would shock the world. It appears this one is very SHOCKING I pray she does the right thing. Peace and blessings my friend.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on June 16, 2012:

What a coincidence - I've just read a poem about lost souls, and here I came to find another.

Oh, I know all about this. The pain of rejection, the fear of the unknown, etc. However, I knew from the start - it doesn't came as a surprise. It was a matter of 'giving robe for the evidently self-slaying to happen'. Sounds painless, but the waiting was like living in a torture-chamber. Somehow there is truth in those Bible scripts - This life is a process of torturing us to purity... Oh, and I am still far from pure....

Minnetonka, I hope this happened in your past and that you are already healed? If not, please know you have all my empathy. May you get all the strength you need to pick up the pieces and move on :)

Oh, just saw it happened to your friend :) Please give her my best wishes...

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 15, 2012:

Thanks for the warm words of support for my dear friend, Movie Master. It's scary how you can think you know someone and one day, surprise!!! I'm a monster.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 15, 2012:

Hi ALUR and great to see you. Yes, unfortunately this is a guy I grew up with who ended up marrying one of my best friends. I also knew he was a narcissist but didn't know how deep his sickness went.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on June 15, 2012:

I too am sorry your friend went through this - an awesome poem, voted up!

ALUR from USA on June 15, 2012:

Whether or not this is based on a true event, you capture perfectly the dark side we all have: some take Satan's hands and walk with him.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 14, 2012:

What a hopeful thing to say Seafarer Mama. I have always believed that Good always wins over evil. My dear friend is working through this with love from friends, family and therapist. I know she will eventually be detached from who she thought this man was. She's already seeing her children happier since he's been out of the house. He was very controlling and angry and they all walked on egg shells when he was there.

Karen A Szklany from New England on June 14, 2012:

Very poignant poem, and the spirals of pain are so well expressed in the flow of your words in this piece....and he has kids, too! I hope they can all recover and live lives of happiness once they can put some distance between the rascal and themselves. Amazing that this evil sends ripples that travel so far and wide. But I know that you and others in your circle of friends will be able to overcome that ripple of evil with ripples of love!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 14, 2012:

Dear teaches-You are so right about the fact this man is getting swallowed up by his sickness. It's scary how many sociopath's are out there. Too many as one is too much. Thank you for reading my poem about this real life horror story.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 14, 2012:

drbj-I like that term, "rat" as it's right on the money. All of my friends knew this guy was a slug but finding out he was living this dark double life was shocking. Thankfully, my girl friend sent him divorce papers ASAP. We are all rallying around her right now as she goes through this process. I appreciate you coming by my friend.

Dianna Mendez on June 13, 2012:

The poem describes a soul who is possible lost within two distinct persons. One would override the other eventually. Very deep.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 13, 2012:

Dear Linda -

That guy is a rat and deserves what he gets,

Tell your riend to move on before the sun sets.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 13, 2012:

Hi Gypsy. It blows my mind how you think you no someone but turns out you don't at all. My friend's story could be a made for t.v. horror story, like 48 hours. I grew up with this guy. I knew he was controlling and narcissistic but never thought he was this evil.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 13, 2012:

Thanks for reading my poem-sorry it's dark but the story is dark. It made me feel better writing about it.

Gypsy48 on June 13, 2012:

Awesome poem Linda, devastating for the person who has experienced this shocking betrayal. Voted up

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on June 13, 2012:

Hi my friend,such powerful words of your poem carry feelings of pain and betrayal and some dark secret revealed into the light of day .

Vote up and more !!!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 13, 2012:

Thank you Joyce for your kind words. I just had to write about it. I was laying in bed with my head spinning about it all and it just came to me. I hopped out of bed and wrote it down in my dream journal.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 13, 2012:

Hi Seeker. Yes, writing is so cathartic for me and helps to rid myself of negativity. I still can't believe someone I've known for years has been living a double life. I pray for his wife and children that they can move forward from this betrayal. Thanks for the nice compliment about my writing :-)

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on June 13, 2012:

I'm sorry this is a true poem. Hopefully your best friend will pull through.

You wrote this beautifully sad poem so well.

Vote up and awesome, my friend Joyce.

Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on June 13, 2012:

MT! This is very powerful stuff indeed - the emotions and images you create makes this an awesome piece of work. It's a good way to get rid of shock and negative feelings about a situation that has impacted on your life so much! Whatever the negativity MT, your still a class one poet and writer. Hope things get better with you all. Voted up + shared!!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 13, 2012:

Thanks Stessily-I can see you felt what I wanted my poem to induce. I had to write about my feelings about this situation with a friend's husband, soon to be ex.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 13, 2012:

Hi Gypsy Rose. Let's just say she kicked him to the curb and is starting over. It's scary how you can think you know someone and in an instant, you realize you don't. I feel for the pain and loss she is going through.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 13, 2012:

Thanks Dr. Funom. I love writing poetry to get things off my mind. This is not about me but a dear friend.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 13, 2012:

Thanks so much for the nice comment Hubert. Always nice to know people enjoy my poetry.

stessily on June 13, 2012:

MT, Yikes! The deepest pain bubbles to the surface with your words. It feels like cathartic spirals. Right now the ground is still spinning; it has to, in order to keep shaking off all that pain. Painfully well done! Sharing.

Kind regards, Stessily

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on June 13, 2012:

Voted up and awesome. Painful, hurtful and positively nasty discovering someone's double life. Hope your friend gets the support and help she needs. God bless.

Dr Funom Makama from Europe on June 13, 2012:

this sounds deep and dark.... Its obvious, its coming from a burdened heart.. Nice work friend...

Hubert Williams on June 13, 2012:

Such feeling and drama! The rhyme and rhythm right on. Well done Twin, and thank you..

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 12, 2012:

Unfortunately it is true Xstatic. My best friend from childhood is going through hell after finding out dark secrets about her husband. I had to write to get my pain off my chest. My mind is reeling!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 12, 2012:

No worries Billy-This is a poem that came out of pain for one of my best friends. She found out her husband was living a double life. OUCH!!!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 12, 2012:

Hi AE and thanks for the nice compliment. I love writing poetry but it's usually when I am moved to do it. I have been in a lot of pain these days, watching me friend go through the grieving process of who she thought her husband was. Scary stuff and I have to purge it.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 12, 2012:

So honored having you here cruelkidness as I am such a fan of your work. This came to me as I laid in bed in pain. My dear friend found out some dark secrets about her husband which I cannot even state. Thankfully, she is doing the right thing for her children who should never know his darkness.

Jim Higgins from Eugene, Oregon on June 12, 2012:

Wow! This tough and painful! I hope it is not true.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 12, 2012:

Sadly true???? This has so much pain bubbling to the surface. Whatever brought this poem to light, I'm truly sorry for you pain.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 12, 2012:

Wow, This is fantastic! "Spawn of satan living with me." I don't think i've ever read any poetry from you. I loved it..Bravo..

cruelkindness from an angle view. on June 12, 2012:

Cryptically dark, I like the part:

"Sadistic acts

evil to purge

Double life

hidden for years"

I can only interpret for myself and my own twin inside my split soul. However, I see more meaning coming from your mind, the creature. Mysterious keeps me wondering into the abyss.

Bravo! Awesome Poem! Voted Up!

Cruelkindness (Subliminally Thoughtless)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 12, 2012:

Thanks and sadly true :-0

schoolgirlforreal on June 12, 2012:

interesting poem there, how creative and intriguing. A wondrous expression.

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