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