He was a real charmer as well as a trickster,
Master of tittle-tattle and bumptious blether.
His smile as wide as the river Nile and the Liffey,
Birds in frocks were drawn to him in their flocks.
Something alluring about the mischief in his eyes,
An appealing welcome always invited faux interest.
Performances were on cue and polished as usual,
A sharp suited actor dressed in roles of many facets.
He embraced his popularity like a box of new candy,
Enough was never enough to satisfy his old chicanery.
Character roles bathed in the flashing glow of adulation,
Audiences were his constant kingdom of firm believers.
Yet behind the scenes and underneath face masques,
He held any loyalty captive with a vicious temperament.
A rogue feasting off old glories and spent days of stardom,
An actor immersed in the profile of daring double deceit.
©Copyright Eileen T O’Neill 30/03/2015