THE SYCOPHANT

To Whom it may concern

They wring their hands and writhe at his heel

Impatiently awaiting their next verbal meal

Of irony and pain, wit and wry,

Their craving intense, they cannot deny

With clever word and clever verse

He needs no practice; no rehearse

As images flow with furrowed brow

"They want their meat, they want it now!"

So with rapid pen and razor mind

The next one act play starts to unwind

Of lovers past and lovers lost

He bears his soul, no matter the cost

They devour, they savor each single word

Replies follow, and like a timid bird

Each eagerly hoping their attempts are heard

and with each expectant, arduous appeal,

Hoping his heart they might selfishly steal

With clever verse and clever word

from the other hungry sycophants.

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Lucky Cats 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

This came to me last evening; thinking about human nature. It is not meant in any way to be anything but folly. I wanted to try my hand at rhyme because I so respect the ability of other writers who are adept at this style. I am not, necessarily, excluding or including myself in the membership of "syncophants."


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epigramman 6 years ago

...well first of all I had to look up this word and see what it meant - lol lol - syncophant - it's always good to learn a new word everyday - and I did - just now!

what can I say - that I already haven't said - you are a great writer who is equally good at the poetic form as you are at the short story format - in fact you're a gifted writer with a charming and unique style - and if that makes me a 'syncophant' then so be it - I just say what I feel - and there's too much negativity in this world anyway and not enough love and respect to each other!


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Lucky Cats 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Epigramman.....It makes you a critic...one whom I sincerely appreciate! And I agree with you....not enough love in this world. let's continue to spread the word!


Spelling Tutor 6 years ago

that's sycophant not syncophant! Nice work...


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Lucky Cats 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

You are right....correcting now....


Spelling Tutor 6 years ago

spelling is key in my book!


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epigramman 6 years ago

.....I guess we got told off ... lol lol


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

This is a wonderfully witty piece of wordsmithy. Thank you for publishing this, as I got enormous pleasure from it.


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Lucky Cats 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Thank you, James! I was inspired by another writer who is fabulous at this style.


Aka Professor M 5 years ago

Rather an interesting lyrical, rhythmic passage that is very clever in it's composition and could be retitled the Icon! In it, the skill of the subject could be found traits which one may attribute to Epigramman with one great exception.

Colin is Genuine Article and an Artist Par Excellence, The Real Deal and could never ever be a Sycophant. I'm glad that Colin is so gregarious with all the rest of us his followers, Lucky Cats! I vote this up for the poetic skillfulness displayed and entertainment value! Regards Aka Professor M! (Mike) ;D


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

No no no! I don't mean Epigramman...not Colin...no one in particular...but the style was inspired by him...He misread, as well...no..now, I feel badly; while, without question; I could not agree with you more about his wit, talent and true character.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

PS, Aka Prof. I actually did see myself in the role, initially, as a sycophant...not THE sycophant.


Aka Professor M 5 years ago

@Lucky Cats: Perhaps that answers a lot of questions as to how ones perception is formed whether it be right or wrongly interpreted, in how something is presented, Lucky Cats. Your readers, myself included, may well have perceived that the title referred to Epigramman, which in fact he himself thought as well.

That perception, while erroneous as we now know, became the focus more than the exquisitely crafted lyrical style which should have been the real focal point of this exemplary piece.

When "The" is replaced with "A" the whole complexion of the piece is resolved and the meaning becomes more in line with your original intent, Lucky Cats! Amazing how so Minor a change of word selection can have such a Major effect on the perceived intent of a work.

While you may indeed have chosen the title for yourself as it's model, your lyrical skills are quite definitely highlighted by their prominence in the flow, style and continuity of your poetic Hub.

Great work, Lucky Cats! Thanks for setting this record straight for me! Regards Aka Professor M! (Mike) ;D


Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

sarcasm, irony, humor...so many things in a single composition


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Binaya...Thank you! This is one of my earliest attempts here at Hub Pages...and I had a great time writing it....thank you my new and very unique friend, Binaya!!!


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Not to be meant anything more than folly, but this seems to go deeper than a quick observation. Sycophant, I know I've been one before. But I hope that all my flattery, comments, attention are seen as what I've meant them to be. Genuine admiration. Awesome...


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

THE SYCOPHANT I love this word it rolls off a Poet's tongue like melting butter spread generously over a

hot slice of toasted loaf. I enjoyed your Folly and as Mike suggested your lyrical message. I saw the humor in

this wonderful piece and enjoyed it very much. I see this

beauty was written 11 months ago, well look at you now.

You shine as a Poet and I enjoy reading your poetry.


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Lucky Cats, I got this poem of yours in my stream, and can’t resist telling you that you’ve managed to paint a perfect poetic picture of the SYCOPHANT - a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage. (I had to look it up :))))

And you get them on all levels of society. The neighbour starting to spoil you with all kinds of delicatessen, because she’s planning a holiday and want you to look after her dogs, or the boss, giving you a lot of compliments today, because tomorrow he is going to ask you to work overtime. This kind of behaviour irritates me, but I guess they are merely trying to sooth their own conscience, so I pretend I don’t see them as sycophants.


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

I just read the comments in here, and must give you my opinion. Our dearest charming Epi is in fact always passionately busy to please us, but NEVER in order to gain a personal advantage. He is but only a born charmer – he loves to make people feel good about themselves. If I could, I would have paid him to be my personal charmer.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

You ve penned an excellent poem. With clever verse and clever words you warmed your way to my heart. Great piece.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Oh boy! I've been away for 4 days and LOOK WHAT happens!!

First of all, to clear up some misunderstandings and common error in reading this poem...it was NOT with Epigramman in mind as the Syncophant! OK...NOT him! This WAS very long ago; in the first month that I started HP's if I'm not mistaken and....I have to admit, from the beginning; it was misunderstood. I thought I cleared that up. I hardly "knew" a soul then...but, boy oh boy, how errors in interpretation have caused defense of one whom I NEVER meant to discredit or question. If anything, I saw MYSELF as A syncophant; not THE syncophant...a follower of another writer who mezmerized and I thought of myself as being somewhat enamored....ok...does this clear it up? I don't wish to displease or harm or hurt anyone..believe me.

AA..I didn't even know you when I wrote this..and I never saw myself as the one being adored...no, I was an adorer...so appreciate your nice comment...

Saddlerider..how did this gain so much attention? I truly appreciate your understanding of the fun and verse of this poem...my first effort at such things. Thank you so much for your kind comment.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Martie, my friend. I hope you were able to read the first of the comments here to see that this poem was NOT about Colin as "the Sycophant." If not, I'll explain. "I" - if anyone - saw MYSELF in the role..if one reads the words; you'll see that the description of the adored one fits no one in particular and, certainly...the "content" of the subject the adored one wrote is NOT at all the stuff of Colin's creativity. specially, 'back then.' I hope I have not offended or displeased anyone over this...my goodness.

Thank you for the comment..I hope my reply keeps reality in check and...I also value and treasure all the wonderful accolades I've been blessed w/by Eman..and, again, if one has the chance to see all I've written in comments...along w/so many other respected writers, you'll see....thank you, my dear. Kathy


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

I think I speak for everyone when I say that if your going to be gone longer than 5 minutes, could you put an "Out of Office" hub on your profile? AND you thought that cats get cranky when your gone. SO GLAD YOUR BACK!!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Ubani, thank you so much. It was so long ago..but I did enjoy trying out this new style (new, for me). Thank you for your kind vote of confidence.! Very appreciated. Kathy


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Augustine...you always make me laugh! You know, I thought of writing a short funny note in poetry form but, alas, on Sat. my computer became disabled with a "blaster worm 32" and would no longer function so...it is now in the tech. 'doc's ' awaiting a healing. Yes, I am very happy to have access to friends' computers as well as the local library, for a while. BACK IN KANSAS (flew in Sat.) for a month or so. Thank you , Augustine..always a pleasure and joy to see your name in comments. Kathy


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Anyone who's seen a little life and has any observational powers can tell the difference between a real sycophant and a wrongly perceived sycophant that others less perceptive might assume is a sycophant. Though it can bring disappointment and disillusionment at times its better to give your fellow human the benefit of any doubt as people can take the simplest things out of something and unjustly declare another of being a self- serving flatterer for instance. Much ado over nothing since the written word can have so many different feelings and intents behind it.}{


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

well said and Thank you, Alastar...I could not have said it better. I wanted to try my hand at a different writing style which, I admit, was inspired by others but..the text and content of this has nothing to do with anything else....and, except for one commentor in the beginning; no one else appeared to assign any identity to anyone until...UNTIL reading the first comments...then, as they say, "all Hell broke loose." I'm sure it should be cleared up by now. Much appreciation.. kathy


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snakeslane 5 years ago from Canada

Greetings Lucky Cats, I was drawn by the title, then enjoyed the poem, the image of the great artist at work in juxtaposition with the feeding frenzy of the fans, so hungry for more.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi snakeslane! Glad you liked this poem. I had fun withg it. thank you for the visit and comment.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

Wonderfully witty. What a wonderful verbal picture. Up and amazing.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals...thank you for visiting this poem..one of my earliest ones which garnered much misunderstanding at first...I appreciate your comment...I just read some of my poems before a live audience (for the first time having ever done this)...and this is one, (along w/Nightsong and What Love Was ) is the first I chose to read..it was fun and scary, too. Glad you liked it. Kathy

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