The money and the power

fit like hand in glove,

manipulating our lives

with hands soaked in blood.


Like pawns on a chessboard

we follow their commands,

cleverly manipulated

by cold corporate minds.


They reap a tainted harvest

bought with sleeping souls,

their purses bulging

as they play out their roles.


Prancing about in their

huge stately homes,

costumes adorned

with skulls and bones.


Masonic handshakes

get you into their halls,

where horrors unfold

amidst terrified calls.


And way down here

on the creaking boards,

another pawn is lost

to the bloodthirsty hoard.


Their veils are returned

as they cover the loss.


Another family bereft,

must recover the cost.




Written by Darren Scanlon, 2nd march 2015.

Revised 2nd October 2015.

©2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.


15 Comments Add yours

  1. smithaw50 says:

    Nicely composed and imaged piece on a sinister lot. Well done!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Cheers my friend. I do like to tackle the ‘uncomfortable’ subjects. 😊


  2. olganm says:

    They are everywhere…Very powerful, Darren.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Indeed they are. Thanks Olga. 😊


  3. joylennick says:

    Or cut them? I sound like an anarchist Am quite a mild-mannered person in reality…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Its the quiet ones you gotta watch 😊😂


  4. joylennick says:

    An undeniable truth. We but dance on the strings…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Time to pluck a new tune, methinks?


  5. sevoiland says:

    Sinister lot, they are. And we pay the price of their comfort.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Poli Impelli says:

    THANKS, Darren 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. My pleasure, Poli.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Rita says:

    Powerful, Darren.

    Liked by 1 person

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