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J.A McManus

(19/2/1983 / Carlisle, Cumbria)

The greatest trick.


If the greatest trick
That the devil ever played
Was to make the world
Believe the lies from his lips

Then the greatest trick
God ever played was to tell
The whole world it was
Made upon day number six.

Submitted: Saturday, October 10, 2009
Edited: Wednesday, January 13, 2010

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  • Jerad Castaneda (10/20/2009 7:54:00 PM)

    indeed very very nice i must say as a non god fearing man
    in truth a trick is a trick

    but keep in mind that the truth is never far from the faction (Report) Reply

  • Neil Singleton (10/15/2009 10:09:00 AM)

    wow very pasion from you soul is impressive. nice work well done.. don't give up.. i rate this 10/10 (Report) Reply

  • Lubna Adel (10/14/2009 10:24:00 AM)

    This is a great poem that should be complimented for it's simplicity alone, poetry is not thoughtless chatter, and neither is this...very impressive! (Report) Reply

  • Andreas Saarva (10/13/2009 12:09:00 PM)

    Interesting, though I do not believe in 'God' or 'Devil'... I believe in what we are, and not for what we could be. =) Nice poem tho, good job! (Report) Reply

  • Obinna Eruchie (10/13/2009 10:31:00 AM)

    What an interesting poem to read, Satan convincing the whole world he does not exist and God convincing the whole world He did create the world in 6 days. This does lead to an interesting debate. Well everyone who reads his or bible, has his or her own interpretation of the bible. (Report) Reply

  • Andrew Matthews (10/13/2009 7:38:00 AM)

    Yeah john I like that one, short and sweet is often the way to get more impact out of the point you are trying to convey in a poem. nice one. (Report) Reply

  • Anne Unknown (10/13/2009 6:04:00 AM)

    Well done, John! short and purposeful a poem. A nice, catching poem about the tricks of god and satan. Nicely done. Can't wait for your next poem. (Report) Reply

  • Karin Anderson (sorry can't vote or comment) . (10/13/2009 4:27:00 AM)

    I too like John Knight agree that the bible is open to interpretation. We have metaphors in poetry that are symbolistic and I feel some of the bible is too. The greatest trick you have done with this poem is to make us all think about God and the Devil and that is what good poetry is all about.
    I find with my poems, people really like putting their own interpretations on and I have learned this from workshops. So great poem from a great poet. 10 love Karin (Report) Reply

  • Lady Grace (10/13/2009 1:01:00 AM)

    'Then surely the greatest trick
    God ever played was to convince
    The whole world it was made in
    One day multiplied by six '.............ok, this is so nice, , so, one day is multiplied by six and the product is 6..ya, , so, similar equation to HE made everything within 6 days, ...this is a very nive piece my dearest......and everybody knows, GOD on the seventh day took HIS rest and that is the worship day..BISMILLAH.. (Report) Reply

  • Les Derbyshire (10/12/2009 6:47:00 PM)

    Neatly done John! And I'll go along with that! Short, pithy and purposeful - it says what it has to say then leaves the reader to his thoughts. A nice little piece. (Report) Reply

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