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Janus - My Poem About a Two-Faced Man

Updated on October 13, 2017
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I'm fascinated by words, nuances of meanings & ideas. I have always enjoyed reading, language, and writing, from poetry to very long letters


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

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?

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

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      Lee Cloak 2 years ago

      Nice poem, an enjoyable read, thanks, Lee

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      srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

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

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      Jenny Pugh 5 years ago from Marion, Indiana, USA

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