Dangerous Game

Spying – Word of the Day


Margaretha Geertruida MacLeod (nee Zelle) better known by her stage name Mata Hari (1876 – 1917), who was convicted by the French as a German spy during WW1. Historians have since demonstrated that she was betrayed by all, her lover, the French officers who recruited her, the justice system (an oxymoron if ever there was one), her fellow spies and others. She was convicted and executed even though there was no substantive evidence, other than that they said it was because as a woman she could not be trusted and she would use her wiles. She was indeed a victim, a scapegoat.

Dangerous Game

I was lost in your face,
your eyes sparkled
laughter like champagne.
You reeled me in,
my small talk generously indulged,
I thought one drink would cure my curiosity.
Besides, I had work to do,
family waiting.
But you had other plans,
your hand on mine
Me all gibberish,
pulse racing,
I agreed.
Just how did you do that?
room 20,
you draped on the ottoman,
gold, bejewelled bra,
Salome unveiled.
Beguiled, seduced,
I gave you my all.
My French for German,
secrets, unzipped,
pleasure washed over me
in waves of guilt.
Whispers exchanged,
I woke alone, betrayed.
Even so, for just one more touch,
I would trade anything.

©Paul Cannon




Filed under history, life, love, poetry, Sex, war

29 responses to “Dangerous Game

  1. I have read the novel based on Matahari by Paulo Coelho. “The Spy”. Your poem has done justice to her character.

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  2. Loved this! You’ve so beautifully captured the essence!😍

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  3. Very evocative. I quite enjoyed.

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  4. a really well composed poem that encapsulates her life. do we present to the world that we want them to see? no one really knew the real Mata Hari (her name means sun in my native language or “eyes of the day”, a little trivia!)

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  5. Nasuko

    Mata Hari, I wonder if she was really a spy。。。
    [Dangerous Game],Nice title! 😀

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  6. beautifully presented … men are always suspicious of women’s entrapment but it is their own lack of self control …. love your presentation!

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  7. It’s good to see a poem for world’s one of the finest spy. Great writing

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  8. I loved the poem! Her fate was really tragic. I am still halfway reading Paulo Coelho’s ”The Spy” which was based on her story.

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  9. Profound writing Paul.

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