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Candy-Coated Strangers

Updated on October 10, 2013
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The minute he begins to talk

serpents fly from his mouth-

Sugar-coated reptiles!


All of his jargon

fallen on the vulnerable ear

can make it seem as if he has all the cures.


Upon closer inspection, one soon notices

the words he speaks are lies, alibis and pretentions

practiced over many years and over so many times.


A lifetime of sweet talking

has made him shiftier than most

ready to leap and become the darkest host:


A pleaser, a teaser, a man who can work any room

changes his story quicker than me

quicker than you!


A sadness-however-his heart reveals

for no matter how dapper he looks,

he lives in a perpetual hell.


Some say he’s not always been this way;

many bullets he’s dodged

and many chances he’s been given.


But the conceit always returns,

and he goes back to his old ways

as he did on that one fateful day.


He found the one who would love only him:

A chance he was given

for a loving life he could start living.


With his fantastic tales, her he did woo

and she did laugh, cry and coo,

until that ethereal wind came whispering by


exposing the stranger making her realize,

the stranger was not capable of anything but

candy-coating and telling lies.


To this day she remembers when

this fast-talking stranger

almost won her heart, her money, her soul.


If it had not been

for the windblown whispers

of the one who had always loved her,


if it had not been he who had stirred the wind

exposing the stranger and his deceit within,

the woman would have been taken like so many others.


So the moral is simple as night follows day:

Be careful of candy-coated strangers!

They’ll say anything to get their way!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      No different from a catfish...lies all their lives! Beware!

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      You betcha-smiles

      Kim

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Poetry with a message that should be taken to heart! Thank you Kim for your poetry. Jamie

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      Rosemary Sadler 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      There are plenty of guys like this around, women too. Some will say anything to get what they want.

      Nicely portrayed in your poem

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Jamie,

      Glad you got where I was coming from. Thank you for being you!

      Rosemay50,

      You are absolutely right. There are plenty of women, too who play this game.

      Thanks to both of you for responding to my little poem,

      Kim

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Yep! Sure sounds like an unscrupulous salesman Kim.

      Trust you are well today.

      Best Wishes,

      R.Q.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      R.Q.,

      No new revelation. Nothing new. Just still a real frustration. So wish I knew enough about technical issues such as why the furnace is not working right as cooler weather is moving in so that I could fix it myself. And perhaps I could figure it out, if I had the patience it takes to read and understand technical manuals. Then, of course I would have to find the manual...Smiles...

      Trust you are even better,

      Kim

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      Max Havlick 3 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois

      Kim's beautiful but scathing indictment raises interesting questions (which for her is not unusual!). Does it target primarily candy-coating, stranger-ness, or primarily the combination?

      Candy-coating must exist bec. some people like it (or at least prove more vulnerable to it than Kim), and some people must even like strangers, otherwise there wouldn't be any. Different strokes for different folks.

      When first born, our parents are candy-coated strangers, but quickly we adapt and believe them (bec. we have no other choice!).

      When first we go to school, our teachers are candy-coated strangers, but many adapt and believe them, which soon differs somewhat from the parents who, in turn, gradually become strangers again (though often without the candy-coating!).

      When people first go to church, their ministers and teaches are candy-coated strangers, but many soon adapt to them only to find both parents and teachers increasingly strangers.

      College life with new candy-coated strangers notoriously estranges many people from their parents, their home-town teachers and ministers, and sometimes, from their whole home-towns.

      At any stage in life, it seems, our friends-formerly-strangers, whose candy-coating we've learned to enjoy, can hold us back, or even harm us, as much or more than new strangers who just walked in the door with candy-coating new to our senses. All such choices lie ultimately within each one of us as unique people.

      Kim's poetic lament, though poetically extreme to make her point, wisely teaches us to stay alert to possible dangers and distractions borne by too much strangeness, and/or by too much candy-coated glitter, no matter how these phenomena might manifest themselves. Thank you, Kim.

      Max, early Tuesday evening, October 8, 2013

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      I guess using a portable heater until you get a professional tradesman, and not being fobbed off with a highway robber, will have to suffice in the meantime Kim.

      R.Q.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Ah yes, those silver-tongued devils! Very cleverly written.

      Up +++ and sharing

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Kari Shinal 3 years ago from Fayetteville, NC

      So many out there who hide behind lies and deceit. Looking snare those unwitting persons. Sadly, there are more of these strangers every day. Thanks for the reminder Kim.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      RQ,

      Portable heaters work well and not that I have a huge home, I do have one that takes several portables. Will continue my quest to find a reputable tech.

      Max,

      You make excellent points. Perhaps, I should have selected a different word for stranger that was more appropriate.

      Faith,

      Silver-tongued devils is right. Smiles. Thanks for the votes and share.

      Tuatha,

      Like I told RQ, the poem really was not expressing anything new, but if it helped as reminder, it was worth putting it out there.

      Many Blessings to all of you,

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I really liked this one, Kim. The flow was near-perfect and I think we can all relate to this guy. I was reminded of online dating sites and the never-ending flow of b.s. and lies one finds on those sites. :) Have a great Wednesday my friend.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      So the moral is simple as night follows day:

      Be careful of candy-coated strangers!

      They’ll say anything to get their way!

      Wonderful, and oh so true Kim. I always enjoy your hubs but this one may be a favourite. I share onto my FB page A Brand New Dawn.

      .Lots of love from Wales.

      Eddy

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Eddy,

      Thank you so much. I think that was my favorite part of that entire piece. Your support is so appreciated.

      Lots of love from North Carolina,

      Kim

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      The good thing is, it sounds like you're on to him. Great piece.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Bill,

      First of all, congratulations! I can't think of anyone more deserving for your hub award! Secondly, thank you for your kind words. I think you are right, those on-line dating sites have lots of folks who do not present themselves as they really are.

      Wayne,

      Good to see you. Yes. I caught on to his sales pitch before it was too late.

      Best to you both,

      Kim

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Kim, nice going... I see you've met my ex. A cautionary tale beautifully written. Loved it. :)

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Jo,

      Smiles...I am a very trusting person, and I do not want to become jaded; however, it is these experiences with those who practice to deceive that make me wish I was not so naïve. Good to see you.

      Happy Friday,

      Kim

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Wonderful poetry. Creatively said. We must look out for those who seem to say friend but mean something entirely different.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Absolutely. While not a new message, never hurts to remind us (especially if you are naïve like me) how not everyone is as trustworthy as we would like.

      Blessings to you,

      Kim

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Kim, loved how you worded this. Another great example of your gift and talent. First, voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared via Facebook. Truth be told, their everywhere. It seems like no matter what stage in life you are, there's always someone on the other side. Best advice, never look back and keep truckin!

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Beautiful .

      Some men may cheat because they don't want their girlfriends or wives to perform certain s...e...x acts that would ruin their "good girl" image, so they get a mistress to take care of it. Like Robert de Niro said in Analyze This , "That's the mouth she ki..s..s..es my kids good night with!" lol

      In light of this, I call on lawmakers around the world to create an International Day, where men and women get the day off from work and get all the satisfaction they need from their partners. I'll bet that this alone would cut infidelity by at least 75% hehehe

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      thelyricwriter,

      Thank you for the votes and share. Thank you for your sweet compliments. And yes, "keep on truckin" sounds like a great idea.

      James-wolve,

      Your idea to combat infidelity is an interesting one, but seeing how lawmakers (at least in my part of the world) can't even keep the gov. up and running, I doubt they could accomplish your great idea.

      Thanks for making me smile on what is a rather gloomy day.

      Blessings to you both,

      Kim

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      So then all married couples should call in sick lol

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Yes! I have heard of folks taking a mental health day. This could be a love sick day. Smiles.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      I think there is a day on the 14th of March called steak and B.. HEHE joyous day!

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Then I must mark it on my calendar--: ))

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      awesome poem Kim .. like the message .. words are a powerful weapon ..when put into the wrong mind

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Hey Michael,

      Nice to see you. Thank goodness words are powerful when put into the right minds such as yours.

      Happy Monday,

      Kim

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great advice given in poetic form. I love the paintings and images you have with your poetry and stories. They are absolutely beautiful. Yes, I think we have all run into those candy coated strangers!

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      One would think now in middle age, I would have learned to see through the candy-coating.

      Smiles,

      Kim

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Love this poem. The message is very clear and oh so true. The salesman is a good analogy, but it's "candy-coated strangers" I general that you need to watch out for. Oh no, I just realised I am a stranger to you, and saying I like your poem....does that make me one.....? Anyway, voted up +

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Jodah,

      Thank you for your kind words, vote, and especially your sense of humor.

      And no you are not a candy-coated stranger unless you send me a bill stating that you really did not mean what you said. SMiles. Thank you so much for dropping by. Looking forward to reading your work.

      Kim

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