ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Janus - My Poem About a Two-Faced Man

Updated on July 1, 2018
Diana Grant profile image

I'm fascinated by words, nuances of meanings & ideas. I have always enjoyed reading, language, and writing, from poetry to very long letters

We've All Met Someone Like This. It's Just That I Chose to Write a Poem About Him:

- Was he close to you?

- Did you work with him or for him?

- Did you love him, do you love him?

- Were you infatuated or affected?

- Do you recognize him......was it you?

Janus The Two-Faced Roman God

Bust of the god Janus, Vatican museum
Bust of the god Janus, Vatican museum | Source

Here's my Poem:


I see a beaming face

warm smile,

slow deliberate speech,

softly spoken, slow to anger,

a man who never panics,

praising, appraising,

hugs, kisses, handshakes;

I see a humanitarian who thinks

dynamic deep and lateral thoughts

and changes lives.

I see a smile that does not reach his eyes,

unthinking waspishness cause tears -


I see a gleam of avarice

masked by over-effusive warmth,

engulfing ambition masquerade

as modern business practice,

missed appointments with those

he deems underlings;

I watch him extract unpaid labour

through broken promises

to insecure believers,

loyal workers lulled by bonhomie.

The good man is no angel

the bad man is no beast

The Romans called him Janus

Who faced both West and East

© Diana Grant 8 March 2008

You can rate this poem here

4.8 out of 5 stars from 5 ratings of Janus - My Poem

Take This Poll About Poetry

Do you prefer to read poetry or to write it yourself?

See results

My Poem on YouTube "In London Darkness Only Lies Within the Mind"

© 2012 Diana Grant

Do Leave a Comment or Question - I Love Feedback About My Poetry - Maybe You Write Poetry Too?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • heather92383 profile image


      7 weeks ago from Mt. Laurel, NJ

      Hi Diana,

      Very interesting read. I actually came across a similar two faced man. My most recent ex, who was never truly honest with me or himself. Thanks for sharing.

    • profile image


      17 months ago

      Hi Diana,

      I truly enjoyed both pieces, for I can relate to both.

      Sadly, I've crossed paths with several "two-faced" men in this life. The one that comes to mind was my husband many moons ago.

      Thanks for sharing!

    • profile image

      Lee Cloak 

      4 years ago

      Nice poem, an enjoyable read, thanks, Lee

    • srsddn profile image


      6 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      diana-grant, quite deep-rooted philosophy here. Liked it.

    • Jynzly profile image

      Jenny Pugh 

      8 years ago from Marion, Indiana, USA

      Humanity, yes, the double face and the many faces. Good hub.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)