The Puppet Master

Puppet Master

The Puppet Master pulled the strings,

The wooden puppet danced.

An evil grin spread across his face

And back and forth he glanced.


“I am the Puppet Master,

You move to my decree.

You’re just a lifeless marionette

That must rely on me.”


“Bow down to me you piece of pine,

You have no mind or will,

So everything that I command

You always must fulfil.”


He moved the crossed controlling sticks,

An arm lifted, then a leg.

The puppet bowed its wooden head,

But he couldn’t make it beg.


The Puppet Master tugged the strings,

His taunting turned to ire.

He yanked the sticks this way and that,

“I’ll toss you on the pyre!”


The marionette slowly raised its head

And grinned a macabre smile,

It’s gaudy painted puppet’s face

Contorted and defiled.


Terror filled the Master’s eyes,

His mouth could spill no words.

And as the puppet sprang to life

Only screaming could be heard.


They found him in his workshop,

Sightless eyes frozen in dread,

A bloody slash across his throat,

A hatchet buried in his head.


A marionette sat on the shelf,

Its strings, it seems, were cut.

Just a lifeless wooden doll

A craftsman had made..but!


So, don’t be quick to persecute,

Belittle or abuse.

Don’t be a Puppet Master,

Or in the’ll lose!”


John Hansen © 2020


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John Hansen

Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction. I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren. I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials. It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems. I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

6 thoughts on “The Puppet Master

  • August 26, 2020 at 5:08 PM

    Awesome John, and a great piece for the upcoming Halloween season, Do you celebrate Halloween in Australia?

  • August 27, 2020 at 6:42 AM

    Hey Kurt. Thanks for reading. Yes, we have started to in the last few years. Some kids go trick or treating etc (never when I was a kid unfortunately). We don’t get a holiday though. Maybe I should have saved this one to post at Halloween.

  • August 28, 2020 at 10:47 PM

    Creepy story in a well-written verse of mystery and terror. This would definitely win in a contest of thrillers. Well done, John.

  • August 29, 2020 at 12:59 AM

    Thank you Phyllis. I am glad you fpound this creepy. I appreciate your comment.


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