Jabbo is Only Here to Help

Jabbo is Only Here to Help


Jabbo is only here to help.

He told me so.

It’s just an unfortunate side effect

of his Personality (or possibly his Medication)

that everywhere that Jabbo goes he leaves

behind him Chaos in his wake; raised voices &

angry interchanges, the clenched fist

& the knotted jaw, soon

the collective blood pressure starts to soar/

and all eyes turn as if by magnets drawn

to the centre of  his Dischord ..


Not of course that it’s his intention

to be the centre of attention,

remember, Jabbo is just here to help,

he doesn’t mean to suck up like a vampire

all that time and energy you expend

to explain to him or defend,

or deal with the petty issues he’s created.


Jabbo comes, bearing stolen gifts,

laden like a Trojan Horse.

It only seems as though

he uses them like some sort of sleazy passport

to get away with obnoxious behaviour.

Trading off his “generosity” as if

it were a get-out-of jail-free card.

“But I brought gifts!” cries Jabbo,

as he acts hurt and then surprised

that you would turn upon him so.


Jabbo is just here to help,

it’s only your Paranoia

that makes it seems as though

he’s constantly dripping poisoned honey

in your ear. Drip..drip..drip..

like some villain from Shakespeare,

undermining Confidence and Trust,

insidious as Fear

or Rust.


But don’t worry, he’s on your side..

or possibly standing there,

just behind you,

right now.

Not making a sound.


Don’t turn around.





The Reverend Hellfire is a practised performance Poet,

President of the Kurilpa Institute of Creativity Inc.,

and an Ordained Minister of the Church of Spiritual Humanists

AND the Church of the Universe.

Currently applying for a position as “Innocent Bystander”.



~ by reverendhellfire on June 18, 2017.

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