The Art of Deception

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 19 December 2020, guile.

To set about her day’s work,
the fox put on disguise,
You’d never think she meant no good,
By looking in her eyes.

She dressed herself in pink dress,
She wore disarming smile,
She topped herself in pinnie
Still smiling all the while.

While dressed as sweet old lady,
A duckling happened past,
“Oh, would you like to sit down,
And have yourself a rest?

“I’d better not”, said duckling,
“Of bad things I’ve been told.
“I’d better keep on going,
Or else my mum will scold.”

“Oh, that’s a shame”, says Grannie,
“It’s such a comfy chair.
The kettle has just boiled,
I have some cake to share.”

“Oh, that all sounds delicious,
It can’t do any harm”.
With such delights on offer,
The duck begins to calm.

“I’ve even a spare bedroom.
If tired, can rest your head.”
The duck comes off the pathway,
And steps inside instead.

The duck sits in the armchair,
Most comfy of her life.
As gran steps up behind her,
She’s sharpening her knife.

Author: Mister Bump UK

Designed/developed large IT systems, interrupted by a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Now mix development of health-related software with voluntary work and writing. Married, with an estranged daughter.

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