A retired lawyer, I'm fascinated by words, nuances of meanings & ideas. I’ve always enjoyed reading, languages, & writing, including poetry
We've All Met Someone Like This--It's Just That I Chose to Write a Poem About Him
- Was he close to you?
- Did you work with him or for him?
- Did you love him, do you love him?
- Were you infatuated or affected?
- Did he manipulate you?
- Do you recognize him......was it you?
Janus The Two-Faced Roman God
Here's my Poem:
I see a beaming face
slow deliberate speech,
softly spoken, slow to anger,
a man who never panics,
hugs, kisses, handshakes;
I see a humanitarian who thinks
dynamic deep and lateral thoughts
and changes lives.
I see a smile that does not reach his eyes,
unthinking waspishness cause tears--
I see a gleam of avarice
masked by over-effusive warmth,
engulfing ambition masquerade
as modern business practice,
missed appointments with those
he deems underlings;
I watch him extract unpaid labour
through broken promises
to insecure believers,
loyal workers lulled by bonhomie.
The good man is no angel
the bad man is no beast
The Romans called him Janus
Who faced both West and East
© Diana Grant 8 March 2008
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© 2012 Diana Grant
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Diana Grant (author) from London on July 15, 2020:
Yes, that rings a bell.
Ah yes Janus, the two faces of man on July 13, 2020:
“No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting confused as to which may be the true.”
― Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
heather92383 from Mt. Laurel, NJ on January 01, 2020:
Very interesting read. I actually came across a similar two faced man. My most recent ex, who was never truly honest with me or himself. Thanks for sharing.
PoetikalyAnointed on September 21, 2018:
I truly enjoyed both pieces, for I can relate to both.
Sadly, I've crossed paths with several "two-faced" men in this life. The one that comes to mind was my husband many moons ago.
Thanks for sharing!
Lee Cloak on June 17, 2015:
Nice poem, an enjoyable read, thanks, Lee
Sukhdev Shukla from Dehra Dun, India on January 23, 2014:
diana-grant, quite deep-rooted philosophy here. Liked it.
Jenny Pugh from Marion, Indiana, USA on February 26, 2012:
Humanity, yes, the double face and the many faces. Good hub.