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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Inspired by CS Lewis' Screwtape Letters

Harvey’s the name and capturing souls is my game

I know, my moniker should be something more nasty and vile

Maybe Azazel or Labal. But I’m not looking for fame

That’s my whole gig, to sneak up on ya’ with a hook and a smile

Nothing gets me goin’ more (if you know what I mean)

Than the poor schmucks who think I don’t exist

I start with a whisper, nothing too obvious or obscene

Little suggestions, nothing the idiot would resist

‘She sure looks good, don’t she? I bet she’s real sweet.’

All those thoughts are waiting right there

It’s just a notion right? There’s no sin or real deceit

That’s when you should really beware

The greatest sins that changed mankind

The most deliciously dark and dastardly deed

Started with a spark in the subconscious mind

An inkling; the most inconspicuous, small seed

They even think it was original, that it came from them

The fool doesn’t realize, it’s part of my grand plan

Little do they realize, they are on the path to condemn

I’m clever, ain’t I? A true artist, the ultimate conman

It just takes a nudge from there, to climb the next rung

‘Awww, nobody will know’ one of my favorites for sure

They’re easy to convince from there, with my silver tongue

‘You deserve this, just this once’ another clever lure

And it never is just once, it’s so easy after that

The dope will keep going, cause’ sin is the easiest choice

Not taking the bait, that’s the hard decision to arrive at

So most take the wide path, cause’ they heed that small voice

So next time you get that nudge, towards your favorite sin

It could be me, good ole’ Harvey, with a wink and a grin

Submitted: May 02, 2012

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Mike Stevens

Very well done (not like cooking a steak!)

Wed, May 2nd, 2012 6:55pm


Lol, thanks Mike!

Wed, May 2nd, 2012 3:05pm

Mike Stevens

If I'm not mistaken (and I usually am!), is that not David Niven? You'll have to excuse my poor eyesight!

Wed, May 2nd, 2012 6:59pm


Forgive me, but I don't know who David Niven is! I was just surfing the web for the right image and this seemed to be it. Thanks for the read!

Wed, May 2nd, 2012 3:06pm


Well, you nailed that one - nice take on an old theme - the face/name of evil. In the middle of this piece I was driven to thoughts of how today's politics is played. Brrrrrrrr. Evil.
Many regards, Connie

Wed, May 2nd, 2012 8:20pm


Thanks Connie. I feel like this one was off the beaten path for sure. I just had this combination of the demon Screwtape from CS Lewis' 'Screwtape Letters' and Al Pacino's character in 'Devils Advocate' in my head. This whole thing was just burning a hole in my head, so.. yeah. Glad you enjoyed this sinister silliness!

Wed, May 2nd, 2012 3:17pm


that was deliciously eerie.....sent shivers

Thu, May 3rd, 2012 6:50pm


glad to send shivers! thanks for the read moonphish!

Sun, May 6th, 2012 5:22pm


Very original - a shivering "tale" and yet a truth lurks.

Fri, May 4th, 2012 3:22am


thanks Annat. it's so very true, I wanted to put a face on that bad voice we hear over our shoulder. appreciate the read!

Sun, May 6th, 2012 5:24pm


A wonderful read. Reminds me of me in a certain state of mind. Are we talking of you-know-who? This poses a question. Would if God and Satan got a divorce. Would Satan get all the nudie bars and liquor stores and God all the churches and art museums? Just a curious thought. Mike

Fri, May 4th, 2012 4:07pm


actually talking about one of you know who's many servants. people talk about angels being everywhere, but nobody wants to talk about the demons that are everywhere also. guess it's not nearly as pleasant. interesting question you pose, is there a poem in that I wonder?

Sun, May 6th, 2012 5:27pm

Cosmic Crow

Very cleaver, it was like dancing with the Devil. Kinda reminds me of the Old Rolling Stones song, "Sympathy for the Devil." Now if you gave your character blue eyes then I would have been yep she was inspired by that song. But you didn't. I really liked it. Eerie for sure. Keep up the good work.

Fri, May 4th, 2012 5:18pm


Your the second person to call this eerie. It maybe a little demented, but I'm pleased with that. I'll have to look that song up, thanks for the read Cosmic!

Sun, May 6th, 2012 5:28pm


Best of luck with your recovery. Loved your poem!

Mon, May 7th, 2012 3:20am


Oops, that comment was meant for another poem, don't ask me how this happened? :) This poem is also incredibly enjoyable. I agree with Cosmic Crow, reminds me of sympathy for the devil. Anyway, I'll post the previous comment in its appropriate place.

Mon, May 7th, 2012 3:27am


This site is sometimes a bit tricky to navigate. Thanks for the read!

Mon, May 7th, 2012 1:19pm


Love this poem Sara. Stay strong and keep writing! Razorblade

Mon, May 7th, 2012 10:10am


Nice to see you Razorblade, thanks for stopping by!

Mon, May 7th, 2012 1:19pm

Chris Gerard

It's a great, great book, and your poem does it justice. CS Lewis was one of the writers my teacher at school gave us, so naturally I refused to read him for years. I'm right now in the middle of the final part of the cosmic trilogy, and the man was a genius and a prophet - he was predicting the course of politics and lots more, that are coming to fruition now, especially in Europe, but the US isn't far behind. It's great (and rare) to hear voices like yours, if only because they echo the ones I hear in my head, the ones that people look at me like I'm insane when I let them loose in 'civilised' company. On the other hand, reading some of my poems, maybe they're right :O.

Wed, May 30th, 2012 9:06am


I love, love everything he's done. complete genius, one of my idols in the writing world. after reading Screwtape Letters, I was haunted by the voice of Harvey. I can't shake it, that book changed me. so glad to hear you are somewhat as batty as I am! thank god I'm not alone! ;)

Thu, May 31st, 2012 1:52pm

Luke Mullen

Harvey goes by many names, but his goal is always the same.
A caution and a great poem, thanks for posting

Mon, August 27th, 2012 9:16pm


thanks, glad to see you dug this one out! Harvey is a character I had rattling about in my brain after reading CS Lewis' Screwtape Letters. Highly recommend it.

Mon, August 27th, 2012 2:17pm

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