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The Art of Deception

Deception is an art I’ve come to learn.

Like webs that garden spiders carefully weave

it takes a little effort, and in turn

an unsuspecting fly that might believe.


The yarn you spin must always be secure.

The words rehearsed. If using alibis

it helps to fix them first. And do ensure

misleading truths are knotted with the lies.


The body language needs to be relaxed.

Uncross the legs, reveal an open palm.

Maintain unblinking eye-to-eye contact.

A reassuring hand upon an arm.


I know all this. Yet I identify

not with the artful spider, but the fly.

© Rachel Rooney

Rachel Rooney

Rachel Rooney is a teacher and poet who has two collections of children’s poetry published by Frances Lincoln. The first, The Language of Cat, won the 2012 CLPE Award ( CLiPPA) and the second My Life as a Goldfish was shortlisted for the 2015 CLiPPA. She also has a rhyming picture book A Patch of Black – a tale about nighttime fears published by Macmillan Children’s Books. She goes into schools as a visiting poet, and has performed at Hay Literary Festival, Southbank Centre and for The Children’s Bookshow.