a message to you holm(ie)

So for today’s prompt at Real Toads Rommy asks us:

to give a voice to a villain (fictional only please). What makes them so villainous? Do they feel justified in their villainy? Or perhaps, like in the Wicked Witch’s case, is there part of the story we may not have been told?

Please be sure to let us know the name of the villain and the story in which they appear in the process notes. And as always, stop by and enjoy your fellow poet’s words.


there could only ever be one

such as i

( despite YOUR protestations )


you (all) must understand that

this is not

a contrivance on any part

of mine


but quite (simply) the facts as presented

here for you  ( pay attention! oh why do i bother?)


herein lies the issue that has

plagued me since the book* was writ


[writ large

i might add]


none of (YOUR) race of



are capable of  dining at this high table


although (YOU)

make a spirited case




i shall dispose of


as and when

i choose to


justification of any kind

is for the idiotic

and requires an understanding


i am elevated so far beyond your ability

to comprehend

that conversing with you all



rendered useless


a situation quite impossible


however in the spirit of the chase

i offer (YOU) a glimpse into the heart

of the matter


a final problem to solve


why am I so?

i shall impart but two words

to (YOU)


anthurium magenta**



poem notes:

*Professor James Moriarty is the celebrated author of ‘The Dynamics of an Asteroid’ 

Upon it’s publication Sherlock Holmes is quoted as having said that the book ” ascends to such rarefied heights of pure mathematics…..that there is no man in the scientific press capable of criticising it?”

** Early in Moriarty’s career and before he became ‘despicably evil’ his servant oversaw the death of his favorite flowering plant. Seeds of despicable sown here perhaps? Moriarty directs his poem in parts at Holmes. Luring him perhaps towards one final encounter.


research notes:

The adventure of the final problem is a short story by British writer Arthur Conan Doyle featuring his detective character Sherlock Holmes. It was first published in Strand Magazine in December 1893. It appears in book form as part of the collection The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Conan Doyle later ranked “The Final Problem” fourth on his personal list of the twelve best Holmes stories.[1]


napowrimo 15/30




25 thoughts on “a message to you holm(ie)

  1. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Well, that’s a novel explanation of his villainy! I think you have absolutely captured his innate arrogance.

    • paul scribbles says:

      It is interesting how many folks have observed my ‘authentic’ voice in this piece. I think I am able to call on a arrogance of youth in this respect. Of course I am mostly humble now. Mostly 😉

  2. kim881 says:

    Nice one, Paul! I love anything to do with Sherlock, including the Horowitz one, the TV version with BC and Elementary. You’ve certainly got into Moriarty’s head.

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