The Friendly Fiend - Poem by Ehi Abah
The smiley face in every closet
The sweetest voice in everyone's heart
The generous soul in every want
The presence there when you want him near.
But like friends we so adore
And yet our mothers advise to ignore
So lovely, so friendly they are
'But keep so away', our guardians say.
He's the one who makes us take the stew whose scent has caught our sniff
He is the one who offers free what everyone seals with some blood.
But look a bit behind that mask
So always well tailored in a smile
And see what face stays lurking there
Whether set in smile or a grimace.
Listen a bit beyond the laugh
And ponder what your ears really hear
Just a friendly joy being expressed
Or a taunting laugh at great mischief.
Had always gone for what he wanted
And made no neat exception this time
He came in, not through the high window
But the door opened by your own hands.
You wanted and you asked as well
But just to pay him you'd rather not
He smiled his smile and gave you free
But then, it was just a credit sale
When he comes on a latter day
As from Faustus that said D-day
When you offer back that given you
He'd rather take your soul with him.
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