Tell all the lies but tell them well;
Make customers believe
The sales pitch blooming on your lips
So they won’t feel aggrieved.
Sell all the dreck despite its flaws,
Don’t worry ’bout the toys;
Just hope the folks won’t sue your ass
After the obsequies.
- George Held publishes his poems, stories, translations & book reviews widely and has been nominated 5 times for a Pushcart Prize. His fourteenth collection of poems, AFTER Shakespeare: Selected Sonnets (Cervená Barva Press), appeared in fall 2010.