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Janus--My Poem About a Two-Faced Man

A retired lawyer, I'm fascinated by words, their nuances and meanings. I’ve always enjoyed reading, languages and writing.

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

Bust of the god Janus, Vatican museum

Bust of the god Janus, Vatican museum

Here's my Poem:


I see a beaming face

warm smile,

slow deliberate speech,

softly spoken, slow to anger,

a man who never panics,

praising, appraising,

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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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

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heather92383 from Mt. Laurel, NJ on January 01, 2020:

Hi Diana,

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:

Hi Diana,

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.

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