The premise for Mondays Finish the Story is pretty simple – to finish a story using 100-150 words, based upon a given photo and first line. The challenge is hosted by Barbara Beacham, who has all the details including the linkup to share your own and read others contributions.
This week I have been grabbed by the poetry muse again, but with an opening line such as this it was difficult to resist.
The Art of Deception
What a tangled web we weave,
when first we practice to deceive.
To lure someone to do our bidding,
takes knowledge of their skill and willing.
Time is key to set the scene,
to sow the seed and keep them keen.
A simple premise will work best,
to get them hooked and believe the rest.
Your memory has to stay first-rate,
to keep up with your tale to date.
One slip’s enough to stall your travels
and make all your hard work unravel.
So if you choose this path so daring,
to further yourself and remain uncaring,
keep your distance from your subject,
before they influence your judgement.
To keep the tangled web you weave,
from which your aim is to deceive,
you’ll be rewarded in wealth and glory
but your sacrifice is to be forever lonely.
Word count: 125