Mondays Finish the Story

The Art of Deception – Mondays Finish the Story

Mondays Finish the Story


The premise for Mondays Finish the Story is pretty simple – to finish a story using 100-150 words, based upon a given photo and first line. The challenge is hosted by Barbara Beacham, who has all the details including the linkup to share your own and read others contributions.

This week I have been grabbed by the poetry muse again, but with an opening line such as this it was difficult to resist.


© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham


The Art of Deception

What a tangled web we weave,

when first we practice to deceive.

To lure someone to do our bidding,

takes knowledge of their skill and willing.


Time is key to set the scene,

to sow the seed and keep them keen.

A simple premise will work best,

to get them hooked and believe the rest.


Your memory has to stay first-rate,

to keep up with your tale to date.

One slip’s enough to stall your travels

and make all your hard work unravel.


So if you choose this path so daring,

to further yourself and remain uncaring,

keep your distance from your subject,

before they influence your judgement.

To keep the tangled web you weave,

from which your aim is to deceive,

you’ll be rewarded in wealth and glory

but your sacrifice is to be forever lonely.

Word count:  125

7 thoughts on “The Art of Deception – Mondays Finish the Story

  1. Excellent poem! I really enjoyed your weaving of this. Thank you for taking part in the MFtS challenge. I hope that you return for the next installment. Be well… ^..^

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