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Good and Evil

...adapted from 'Mr Pye' by Mervyn Peake

Balding and sprightly, he's filled with 
     bold dreams
to make us all happy and free.
He selects as his target a small 
     Channel Island,
a representative sampling of people 
     just like you and me.

All he wants is that folks get along
without all those disputes and fights.
He tries to bring peace to this 
     sheltered enclave,
just by doing good deeds he can 
     sleep nights.

He practises witchcraft to bring 
     them together,
'if it works...' are his words 
     for the day.
A sense of humour is paramount 
     these days
to keep all those evil-believers at bay.

In the midst of these noble endeavours
he feels discomfort that turns out
to be wings that are sprouting quite clearly,
a cause for concern there's no doubt.

It seems that his kindness has made him 
     an angel,  
the more he does good deeds 
     the bigger they grow
till they're actually poking right out 
     of his shirt,
my goodness, they're starting to show!

So he counters with bad deeds 
     in hopes that they'll shrink,
indiscretions and plain bald-faced lies.
Sure enough they diminish, in fact 
     they're all gone,
he need not keep himself in disguise.

But this scheme that he's started 
     gets odder,
there's a growth on his temples, two horns;
he's been so busy negating the good 
     that he's done
he's turned Devil, good heavens! 
     he's torn

between Good and Evil, just what 
     should he do?
He's conflicted like never before.
He sits down to ponder which way 
     he should turn,
till it's clear, sitting right at his door.

On the horns of a moral dilemma
he simply gives in to pure Good.
He embraces his folk, he just loves them 
     to death,
till his wings are full-sprouted; he could

take to the air and keep flying
just as far as infinity goes,
so he bids his people a tearful farewell,
next stop the cosmos, who knows?

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  1. Date: 6/20/2009 3:51:00 AM
    Keith This one Is A Show of your Talent!I Love It<333 Deserved to be featured:Well done-->& Obviously Gone to my Favs=)

  1. Date: 6/18/2009 11:55:00 PM
    Well done...congratulations on your poem being featured this week. Ernilando

  1. Date: 6/15/2009 2:38:00 PM
    This conflict....good and evil..a great story...a great poem! Well done, Keith, and well deserving being featured! Another wonderful poem from you!

  1. Date: 6/15/2009 9:09:00 AM
    congratulations--well deserved feature my friend---charma

  1. Date: 6/15/2009 7:52:00 AM
    Congrats on your awesome piece being featured this week, you are such an inspired poet. Keep your pen writing. great you! asq, Adeleke

  1. Date: 6/15/2009 7:14:00 AM
    Could we have the best of both worlds, wings to fly and live n a warmer climate, I don't know. Billy Joel, "I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the Saints." Great write, Keith. Congrats onn having it featured. Vince

  1. Date: 6/15/2009 7:07:00 AM
    Keith ,it is wonderful seeing you up in lights again. Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/15/2009 12:24:00 AM
    Congrats on your feature poem this week Keith .Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 6/14/2009 10:16:00 PM
    Keith - I wanted to say congratulations on being featured this week, God Bless, MJ