The Devil Knows

Devises Herioques

The devil knows how to tell a lie.
He’ll con the foolish through and through
Impeccably dressed in a coat and tie.

Nobody hears the poor man’s cry
And anyhow what can you do?—
The devil knows how to tell a lie.

He’ll tell you (if you ask him why):
‘I’d not be here if it weren’t true,
Impeccably dressed in a coat and tie.’

And though each day a thousand die
Success is for the chosen few.
The devil knows how to tell a lie.

I bet you think you’d never try
But he knows well you’d like it too—
Impeccably dressed in a coat and tie.

The world is burning by and by
But what he does is done for you.
The devil knows how to tell a lie
Impeccably dressed in a coat and tie.

by me
June 2 2020

 

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7 responses

  1. Take TWO!

    Or better yet, the son of a bitch,
    Careening our state into a ditch,
    Yields up a just pandemic outcome —
    Our publics recognizing buncombe.

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  2. I loved your last haiku, but this one forced me to comment… I adore this! What kind of skill does it take to make a villanelle’s rhyme scheme not seem forced? None that I’ve got. This poem reads like the slow curling of a smile, but I showed to to my partner and she said she didn’t find it funny. Oh well. I can’t read it as NOT funny. Now (out of envy) I will to try my hand at a villanelle; I won’t come back till I’ve got one!

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    • The skill of a madman. Love your description of it though—like a curling smile. That’s what it is, but the devil’s smile. And if the mood strikes, share your villanelle.

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  3. Well done! I would add…

    Too bad the alternative
    Quite an angel of a man
    Impeccably dressed in coat and tie
    Thinks he dressed in shorts instead.

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