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Dirty tricks

He slipped his business card under the dining

Room table and there more than ready to

Receive it – a soft manicured hand


Friends and family dining around the same

Table saw nothing of this superlative card trick

Performed with the consummate skill of a card

Sharp. High skulduggery was abroad that night

And a high price would soon be paid for this

Cruel deception


He told her he'd fancied her for ages and only

Now had he got the courage up to tell her and

Thus it was that a card was passed and a die

Was cast and a high-risk gamble began


Two men met for a game of squash later that

Week. One man ran the other into the ground

Beating him hands down before hotfooting it

To a nearby Novotel where the beaten mans

Wife lay smiling on a pre-booked bed in a pre-

Booked room – a folded business card tucked

In her bra


What took place needs nothing from me but

Later a young woman who should have known

Better began to feel distinctly bad about what

She'd done and could stay silent no longer

Whereupon a kindly man became an angry

Man and a cry echoed long into the night:

'Who gave this creep the right to ruin my life?'


Of all the ways to hurt a man that cuts just like

A knife, is when a friend admires your goods

But most of all your wife


When a friend pretends to be a man honest

And upright, yet watches from the long grass

Like a snake about to strike


A stockyard runt of no account that nobody

Will miss, hardly worth your trouble but

What a comfort to your fist…

©Joseph G Dawson


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