The Operator...a poem

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The Operator

By Tony DeLorger © 2013


The delicate persuasions,

of a mind soaked in dishonour,

can only infuse

a kind heart as responder,

open to betrayal and self-sabotage,

bemused by the charm

of a soulless montage.


A gifted smooth talker,

with gain as his motive,

a reckless manipulator

with words so emotive,

can take a soul dancing,

the exhilaration of flight,

only to end in a perilous plight.


Heart broken and prostrate,

the doomed lay in waiting,

having been flayed by the person

who purports money making,

that smile of assurance,

those promises given,

just seem to dissipate, in the hard course of living.


And now as dust settles,

that friend of yours gone,

and so has your money,

your investment along,

and you of kind heart,

struck down from the shock,

left without money, dignity or stock.


Those words of persuasion

now ring in your ears,

and your trusting heart,

all mashed and in tears,

can in no way understand

this person of trust,

that handshake of business, dissolved at a cost.


Beware the false tongues of smiling strangers.

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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Glad you enjoyed it, sweethearts2; thanks for dropping by and commenting.


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sweethearts2 3 years ago from Northwest Indiana

Voted up useful, interesting and beautifully written. It's a shame some smiles hide deceit. How sad we can't always trust a smile.


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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Glad you liked it Martin, and could relate. Much appreciated.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

As one who could move people to act, I see the wisdom of your words from the other end. thank you


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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thank you for your kind words Anil, so glad you enjoyed it.


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AUPADHYAY 3 years ago from INDIA, UTTAR PRADESH STATE, KANPUR CITY

Once again, I can't stop myself without going through your poem. Nothing can be explained because your hubs are beyond the explanation. The awesome effort to explore the best creation. Thanks for sharing it. voting it up.


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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks Leni; much appreciated. Yeah! I've met more than a few myself, and the truth never gets any better.


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leni sands 3 years ago from UK

Never a truer word spoken - eliquently written. I have met such people in my life, terrible way to behave. Great poem, thanks for sharing. Voted up awesome

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