Charlatan Cloaked in Wings

Charlatan …















Charlatan cloaked in wings in the village did stay
Among the loving pheasants who worked hard each day.

The woman came to the village to gather sheep
To follow her and only her belief to keep.

Sweet she was and some villagers with her believed,
Yet some were doubtful, held their own truths to be lived.

Village Matron for  this woman did try to teach
How the people were loving, and to her would reach,

If you only would see all was good all was fine,
This village is for all folks, it is yours and mine.

Nothing is yours the angry new comer would say,
You are nothing, you must follow only my way.

Happy were the people in their life so serene,
Their cattle grazed contentedly in fields of green.

Dissension charlatan caused, people were unsure,
Which way do we go, we were happy as we were.

Brother of Matron, beloved sea captain was dear
To all who knew him, to him they now looked with fear.

Old sea captain asked be ye true with wings of white
Or be ye charlatan cloaked in wings black as night?

Charlatan are ye, claiming to have more wisdom
Than we have about our way of life, our kingdom?

Follow me dear Captain and you will surely see
That life will be much better when you are with me.

Life cannot be better than what we have Captain said.
Villagers awoke, they saw the light and Charlatan fled.

A charlatan is a person who claims to have more knowledge that what they actually possess. They are
deceitful, frauds, fakers. They will hold tight to their own beliefs and cling even tighter when they see
others know what they are really like. Always follow your own highest truths and beware the charlatans of
this world.

© 2016 Phyllis Doyle Burns

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I have always liked to write. It is important to me that writing comes from my heart and soul. When writing poetry, if I do not feel a spiritual connection to what I am writing on, I will discard it and go on to something I can connect with on a spiritual level. I live in the moment, I write from the past or beyond the veil. When writing fiction I go with whatever inspires me at the moment - it could be funny, sorrowful, romantic or sometimes done with the use of colloquial language from mountain folk or other cultural regions. I began writing content online in 2007, starting with BellaOnline - A Voice For Women, where I was the Native American Editor, Folklore & Mythology Editor, and the Appalachian Editor. I also wrote articles for The Examiner, Daily Two Cents, and Yahoo. I am a freelance writer for Fiverr. I am currently an author on HubPages, a member/author of the Maven Coalition, and Senior Editor and an author for The Creative Exiles. Most of what I write takes a lot of research and I love it. Even if it is a fictional story, I will research for accuracy in whatever it takes to make my characters, their era, their location, etc. become realistic to the reader. I hope you enjoy my works. Thank you for visiting.

4 thoughts on “Charlatan Cloaked in Wings

  • October 22, 2016 at 2:32 AM

    So true Phyllis, the world is filled with pretenders and charlatans. A great message and faithfully penned in verse. great work.

    • October 22, 2016 at 3:27 AM

      Right you are Tony, they are everywhere. Thank you for the very nice comment. I appreciate it.

  • October 23, 2016 at 2:38 AM

    We always need to be on guard for the dreaded Charlatans, Phyllis. They are everywhere and very deceptive.


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