Janus was a two-faced god
who liked to play the fool.
He faced both ways at once
and never lost his cool.
He’d turn his head so he could see
but now and then he’d shed a tear –
and sometimes laugh and spread alarm –
which face was sad was never clear.
He’d sometimes smile and sometimes cry
but when you tried to look and see
he’d change his faces tit for tat
then cut a caper with great glee.
Eric Nicholson lives in the NE of England. He is a retired art teacher and sometimes writes about art. He has a number of poems online and blogs at: https://erikleo.wordpress.com