I‘d rather have Faint Praise

than Fake;

the fulsome flattery

of sycophants and psychopaths

poured on all too thick,

like desperate make-up on an ugly whore.

“Oh you’re a Legend, mate!”

They sing,

“Oh yes, a Genius! You’re so great!”


But Warning Bells sound false notes

ringing echoes in my brain,

Oh yes, I’ve heard that tune before,

I know that tired refrain!

Today they’ll want to be your best buddy,

crawl right into the same coffin when you die.

Tomorrow they’ll turn right around

and push you off the pedestal

they put you on in the first place,

the moment you drop your guard.


Even though they didn’t know it,

You were set up to fall from the start.




The Reverend Hellfire is a practised Performance Poet,

an ordained Minister of the Church of Spiritual Humanism

and a buncha of other stuff..

There will be no refunds.



~ by reverendhellfire on August 19, 2018.

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