The Art of Deception
by Rachel Rooney
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.