The Tangled Web

Written by Michael Henry |
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The Tangled Web

“Oh! What a tangled web we weave

When first we practise to deceive”!

(Marmion, Sir Walter Scott. 1808)


How true those words from long ago

Yet still today are just as true

A signal to us, one and all

That lies are part of me and you


What poison festers in the heart

When we begin that web to weave?

What torture lies in store for those

Complicit in the great deceive?


That furtive phone call late at night,

A sideways glance, a stolen kiss

Those secret meetings in the park

That you would rather die than miss.


What drives us to these devious acts?

What makes us torture those we love?

Deception is our second skin

And lying fits us like a glove 


Sir Walter understood it all

He knew what Marmion went through

And history repeats itself

In cheating lovers, me and you.

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Author: Michael Henry
Born in Ireland and raised in England, I have travelled widely both before and after my arrival in Australia which I have called home since 1966. I have a Certificate III in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). I have also edited texts for published works. Now, with working life behind me, I'm looking to indulge in my passion and see what the future holds...
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