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Poem of the Sociopath


Words Fly, tales are spoken

Lie after lie, trust is broken

Dark scenarios, begin to emerge

Sadistic acts, evil to purge

Double life, hidden for years

Videos found, break down in tears

Questioning self, how could it be?

White collar Sociopath, living with me



Definition of Sociopath

"Sociopath" was a term used in the past for a patient with antisocial personality disorder, according to MedicineNet:

A person with this disorder shows a strong pattern of systemically violating and disregarding the rights of others, and he normally does not feel guilty when his actions hurt other people.:


Inspiration for Poem:

I've always found healing in writing poetry; no matter if the topic is happy or sad. Writing purges all emotions from my soul. It eases my fears, anxieties, and strengthens my hopes and dreams.,

This particular poem was my way of dealing with a very traumatic break up of a marriage of one of my best friends. Many secrets came out about the kind of double life my friend's husband was living. I know we all have certain parts of us not everyone knows, but when it's so contrasting to the person you thought you knew, it's painful and scary to take it all in. This scenario is unfortunately not uncommon. Thankfully, for my friend, she has moved on with life and has found love again with a man she trust's.












The Sociopath Next Door

© 2012 Linda Rogers

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schoolgirlforreal profile image

schoolgirlforreal 4 years ago from USA

interesting poem there, how creative and intriguing. A wondrous expression.


Minnetonka Twin profile image

Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks and sadly true :-0


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cruelkindness 4 years ago from an angle view.

Cryptically dark, I like the part:

"Sadistic acts

evil to purge

Double life

hidden for years"

I can only interpret for myself and my own twin inside my split soul. However, I see more meaning coming from your mind, the creature. Mysterious keeps me wondering into the abyss.

Bravo! Awesome Poem! Voted Up!

Cruelkindness (Subliminally Thoughtless)


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Wow, This is fantastic! "Spawn of satan living with me." I don't think i've ever read any poetry from you. I loved it..Bravo..


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Sadly true???? This has so much pain bubbling to the surface. Whatever brought this poem to light, I'm truly sorry for you pain.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Wow! This tough and painful! I hope it is not true.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

So honored having you here cruelkidness as I am such a fan of your work. This came to me as I laid in bed in pain. My dear friend found out some dark secrets about her husband which I cannot even state. Thankfully, she is doing the right thing for her children who should never know his darkness.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi AE and thanks for the nice compliment. I love writing poetry but it's usually when I am moved to do it. I have been in a lot of pain these days, watching me friend go through the grieving process of who she thought her husband was. Scary stuff and I have to purge it.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

No worries Billy-This is a poem that came out of pain for one of my best friends. She found out her husband was living a double life. OUCH!!!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Unfortunately it is true Xstatic. My best friend from childhood is going through hell after finding out dark secrets about her husband. I had to write to get my pain off my chest. My mind is reeling!


Hubert Williams 4 years ago

Such feeling and drama! The rhyme and rhythm right on. Well done Twin, and thank you..


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Dr Funom Makama 4 years ago from Europe

this sounds deep and dark.... Its obvious, its coming from a burdened heart.. Nice work friend...


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Painful, hurtful and positively nasty discovering someone's double life. Hope your friend gets the support and help she needs. God bless.


stessily 4 years ago

MT, Yikes! The deepest pain bubbles to the surface with your words. It feels like cathartic spirals. Right now the ground is still spinning; it has to, in order to keep shaking off all that pain. Painfully well done! Sharing.

Kind regards, Stessily


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much for the nice comment Hubert. Always nice to know people enjoy my poetry.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Dr. Funom. I love writing poetry to get things off my mind. This is not about me but a dear friend.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Gypsy Rose. Let's just say she kicked him to the curb and is starting over. It's scary how you can think you know someone and in an instant, you realize you don't. I feel for the pain and loss she is going through.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Stessily-I can see you felt what I wanted my poem to induce. I had to write about my feelings about this situation with a friend's husband, soon to be ex.


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

MT! This is very powerful stuff indeed - the emotions and images you create makes this an awesome piece of work. It's a good way to get rid of shock and negative feelings about a situation that has impacted on your life so much! Whatever the negativity MT, your still a class one poet and writer. Hope things get better with you all. Voted up + shared!!


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

I'm sorry this is a true poem. Hopefully your best friend will pull through.

You wrote this beautifully sad poem so well.

Vote up and awesome, my friend Joyce.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Seeker. Yes, writing is so cathartic for me and helps to rid myself of negativity. I still can't believe someone I've known for years has been living a double life. I pray for his wife and children that they can move forward from this betrayal. Thanks for the nice compliment about my writing :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you Joyce for your kind words. I just had to write about it. I was laying in bed with my head spinning about it all and it just came to me. I hopped out of bed and wrote it down in my dream journal.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend,such powerful words of your poem carry feelings of pain and betrayal and some dark secret revealed into the light of day .

Vote up and more !!!


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Gypsy48 4 years ago

Awesome poem Linda, devastating for the person who has experienced this shocking betrayal. Voted up


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for reading my poem-sorry it's dark but the story is dark. It made me feel better writing about it.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Gypsy. It blows my mind how you think you no someone but turns out you don't at all. My friend's story could be a made for t.v. horror story, like 48 hours. I grew up with this guy. I knew he was controlling and narcissistic but never thought he was this evil.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Dear Linda -

That guy is a rat and deserves what he gets,

Tell your riend to move on before the sun sets.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

The poem describes a soul who is possible lost within two distinct persons. One would override the other eventually. Very deep.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

drbj-I like that term, "rat" as it's right on the money. All of my friends knew this guy was a slug but finding out he was living this dark double life was shocking. Thankfully, my girl friend sent him divorce papers ASAP. We are all rallying around her right now as she goes through this process. I appreciate you coming by my friend.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Dear teaches-You are so right about the fact this man is getting swallowed up by his sickness. It's scary how many sociopath's are out there. Too many as one is too much. Thank you for reading my poem about this real life horror story.


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Seafarer Mama 4 years ago from New England

Very poignant poem, and the spirals of pain are so well expressed in the flow of your words in this piece....and he has kids, too! I hope they can all recover and live lives of happiness once they can put some distance between the rascal and themselves. Amazing that this evil sends ripples that travel so far and wide. But I know that you and others in your circle of friends will be able to overcome that ripple of evil with ripples of love!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

What a hopeful thing to say Seafarer Mama. I have always believed that Good always wins over evil. My dear friend is working through this with love from friends, family and therapist. I know she will eventually be detached from who she thought this man was. She's already seeing her children happier since he's been out of the house. He was very controlling and angry and they all walked on egg shells when he was there.


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ALUR 4 years ago from USA

Whether or not this is based on a true event, you capture perfectly the dark side we all have: some take Satan's hands and walk with him.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I too am sorry your friend went through this - an awesome poem, voted up!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi ALUR and great to see you. Yes, unfortunately this is a guy I grew up with who ended up marrying one of my best friends. I also knew he was a narcissist but didn't know how deep his sickness went.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for the warm words of support for my dear friend, Movie Master. It's scary how you can think you know someone and one day, surprise!!! I'm a monster.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

What a coincidence - I've just read a poem about lost souls, and here I came to find another.

Oh, I know all about this. The pain of rejection, the fear of the unknown, etc. However, I knew from the start - it doesn't came as a surprise. It was a matter of 'giving robe for the evidently self-slaying to happen'. Sounds painless, but the waiting was like living in a torture-chamber. Somehow there is truth in those Bible scripts - This life is a process of torturing us to purity... Oh, and I am still far from pure....

Minnetonka, I hope this happened in your past and that you are already healed? If not, please know you have all my empathy. May you get all the strength you need to pick up the pieces and move on :)

Oh, just saw it happened to your friend :) Please give her my best wishes...


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

Beautifully written, although the pain felt as you released your findings about your friends dark husband. Let it go on record, there are many, many deep dark secrets amongst our human race, many that would shock the world. It appears this one is very SHOCKING I pray she does the right thing. Peace and blessings my friend.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

God Bless you Martie for your thoughtful comment. Life does have a way of teaching us through lots of pain. Most people that knew this man, realized he was a true narcissist. I know so many women and men that have been charmed by this personality type and are later blown away when they see the double life and true person emerge. It's a true life horror movie.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Vincent-it's great to see you here. It is truly scary how many sociopath's are walking among us. The sad part is, most of us believe what we see in front of us as we aren't wired to think it's a lie. The process of coming to terms with who the person really is, can be devastating. My friend is in therapy to help get through this. All her friends are rallying around her. Blessings friend.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

You needed to write this to help work off some of the shock, pain and anger, I read a similar hub this morning of somebody's double life being exposed.

I hope your friend and her children get through this OK my thoughts will be with them, and you

Take care


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Minnetonka Twin this is so well written. That you captured someone elses pain makes that more remarkable.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Perfect poem and title Linda. I hope you are not feeling this way, didn't read the comments above. If not, you hit the emotion and pain right on the head. Deep poetry Linda, well done. Voted up, useful, and awesome. Best wishes.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Rosemay for your words of comfort for my friend. I too have read hubs lately about others going through a similar experience. It's so sad and quite scary.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Wow, thank you for that nice compliment mckbirdbks. I couldn't sleep that night my friend told me about her husband and all the antics. My mind was just whirling and this poem came to me. I had to release the energy of the pain and sadness.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for the kind words about my poem and also for hitting all those buttons. I really appreciate that! I am feeling sad for my friend that is going through this. I'm trying as hard as I can to be there during this sad and painful process.


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Midnight Lights 4 years ago from USA

ahha, I can relate to this, but then again, I think I knew he had a split identity, a hidden agenda. Had kids so I put up with it till just couldn't take it anymore. Great write. :)


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Glad you got you and the kids out of this situation. I know so many who have lived this way. It is no way to live. Thx for reading my poem :-)


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Redberry Sky 4 years ago

Beautiful and very dark, minnetonkatwin. I love the eerieness and mystery of it, although I hate to think what could have happened to your friend to inspire it.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Redberry for appreciating my dark poem. I find it healing to write dark poetry with the hardships that come up in life. I do feel sad for my childhood buddy for finding out her husband was living a double life. Trust me, it's icky but all her friends and family are rallying around her.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

awwww....this couldn't be happening...how on earth he has passed the scanner?


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi raciniwa-I think many friends and family saw much more than she did. It's easy to close your eyes at times, instead of facing what's there. Turns out there was more darkness than most of thought.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

My guess is there are many more than we know about and some we will never know about.

Great write, voting up.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

I totally agree with you Jackie. Maybe we don't wanna know about how many there are. Thanks for reading and for voting up.


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carmaluda 4 years ago from New Zealand

Great poem! You can feel the short, sharp stabs of pain and anger. And the ultimate questioning of self and analogy to living with the spawn of satan. I loved it.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you so much carmaluda for your encouraging words about my dark poem. Sometimes writing dark poetry can be very healing. So glad you liked it.


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epigramman 4 years ago

...wow this is really terrific writing - I was riveted by the words and so impressed by your awesome work - I sincerely hope you are feeling better my dear friend after what you have gone through but lately I have felt lonely and depressed but trying to carry on -

sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 3:44pm


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

OOHH, why is my Canadian Prince down? Please watch for a email or E Card from one of your biggest admirers. Life can have it's ups and downs my friend, as you can see from my dark poem. We shall press on and look for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow :-) You are in my thoughts dear Prince.


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Cracknutcase 4 years ago from India,bangalore

Awesome work like always! Though devastating for the one who is going through it.

Warm wishes to you and your friend.

Take care Linda :)


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you so much for your warm wishes and nice compliment. I know my buddy will get through this.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow Linda.... this is amazing.. You must be going through a lot.. so sorry.. My prayers are with you.. this poem touched me to the deepest part of the soul..sharing

debbie


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Debby-This is about my friend, not me. Of course I am hurting for her but her pain is raw after finding out the man she loved is a wolf in sheeps clothing. thanks for coming by, I appreciate it. I also appreciate you sharing it.


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

So much truth, and meaning in a short poem. Wonderful accurate account of a person that has done wrong, and must face the consequences. Love you , and you're dear ones precious heart. Stay cool.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Stars-it's so great to see you my friend. I am so tired of all this heat and humidity. I want to go out and play. I guess this weekend it's gonna cool down a little. Thanks for reading my poem Stars :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Wow, that is heavy stuff. Wonderfully expressed. Many votes.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

thanks

Thanks Victoria Lynn~I know it's a dark and heavy poem. I find writing these so healing for the soul. This is sadly about a friend's husband who turns out to be living a double life. The hardest part for her was having to come to terms with it. Most of us knew he was a narcissist and sociopath but things came out that surprised even us. It's so icky.


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James-wolve 3 years ago from Morocco

Awesome and very beautiful.It flows smoothly till the end with one theme :disappointment . Voted up


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks James. I know that last line is pretty strong but I wasn't sure how to say it. A great friend's husband was leading a double life and it was very dark and evil. It's scary how you think you know someone and find out it's all just an act.


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James-wolve 3 years ago from Morocco

Yeah,I know..It makes you doubt love.That s why sometimes it s better not to lean all of you on man and caution is needed because less expectation is less disappointment.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

I agree with you. It is important to not lose yourself in a partner or partnership and keep that healthy boundary, because you never know. Hope you had a great Labor Day weekend James and I really appreciate you coming by :-)

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