Treasure Island

Anthony Di'anno

(North Yorkshire)

Advice Kid


Your cards they are a tumbling and falling,
Pennies from heaven can not save you now,
For you destiny has come a calling,
Yet your demise seems a pity somehow.

But your days they have always been numbered,
Alongside all the steps that you would take,
To save each opportunity blundered,
Not just for your's but everyone's sake.

Your sheep are naked lost up on the moor,
Your dogs have been barking up the wrong tree,
One thing will remain forever for sure,
The simple fact that you never fooled me,

Though I smile as you take your final bow,
Your demise still seems a pity somehow.

Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2014
Edited: Monday, January 20, 2014

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

The title is an anagram of David Icke.

Pennies from heaven refers to his constant begging for money from his followers who perceive him to be some kind of saviour.
Opportunites blundered refers to the fact that although he has made a hash of The People's Voice he could fix it through accepting responsibility and moving on instead of blaming those who haven't sent him money.
Sheep is his favourite way of describing people who fail to follow his preachings. They are naked because they have been fleeced.
Dogs refers to the moderators on his forum who are rabid in their blind defence of him.
And yes his demise is a shame considering the good he could have done.

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  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (4/13/2014 9:28:00 PM)

    Gripping and rather intense cutting lines directed at someone for his convincing methods. Truth simply said and declared need no funds to flourish, it just need compassion and sincerity. Grace and forgiveness is always free. People who use the message for profit have already earned what they deserve. (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick (4/6/2014 6:40:00 PM)

    Like other readers, I don't know this scoundrel, but we have the type in America. In fact, American Protestantism seems to mass produce these evangelists who promise worldly success and spiritual redemption - at a price. They're egoists and wouldn't deserve mention, much less a poem if they didn't fleece vulnerable people. Well, you cut this one down to size. By the end of your poem, he's barely 5 inches tall, and still shrinking! Good work. (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (2/7/2014 12:51:00 PM)

    Fantastic poem with great message in it. Without the poet's note, this poem looked quiet different. But notes helped in decoding the poem. Loved reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Hazel Durham (1/27/2014 8:35:00 AM)

    Brilliant write, with amazing lines so powerful in your message of wasted opportunities to do good instead greed spun it's tangled web! (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (1/27/2014 12:19:00 AM)

    The man you refer to in the poem is a total stranger to me.. but from your notes, I understand that he is someone like a Godman... a celebrity! But he will no more continue to be popular.. He and his followers are soon going to fall from the pedestal ! ! A poem of great diction and beautiful rhyme... Anthony, welcome to PH after your hibernation! ! (Report) Reply

  • Dave Walker (1/26/2014 4:17:00 AM)

    A fantastic poem, and so true. He could have done so much,
    but I guess he wanted to be bigger than his idea's.
    It's a shame because he could have done many many good
    books on many subjects and made a very good living.
    But I think he has got lost in his own world. (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (1/23/2014 3:31:00 PM)

    Excellent sonnet Anthony, very cleverly written. Not too familiar with this guy, but I guess you have summed him up well here. Inspired title too. (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (1/20/2014 12:55:00 PM)

    Poet's notes are quite helpful here in getting it contextualized...the anagram is the right device that supports the tone of the poem as well...it's good to see some new work after many days... (Report) Reply

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