POETRY

Hucksterism 101

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Be ready to absquatulate
if that should prove the wisest course.
Meanwhile, shout until you're hoarse,
declaim, cajole, confabulate,
pontificate, prevaricate,
but never, never show remorse.
If things go wrong, absquatulate;
but that should be your last recourse.

If you can't circumstantiate
your facts, recite them in Old Norse
or cite a "highly secret" source.
When folks are hooked, congratulate
yourself! And then, absquatulate —
and don't forget the loot, of course.


Esther Greenleaf Murer has been writing poetry all her life and got serious about learning the craft when she turned 70. She published her first collection, Unglobed Fruit, in 2011. Links to many of her poems published online may be found on her blog. She lives in Philadelphia.

Be ready to absquatulate
if that should prove the wisest course.
Meanwhile, shout until you're hoarse,
declaim, cajole, confabulate,
pontificate, prevaricate,
but never, never show remorse.