cheapest trick

we called him jeter

as in jeter l’esponge

because he sucked up anything going

refused to leave a tip

even if someone else

was buying dinner the drinks

& the slightest challenge ran away

threw in the sponge

but the cheapest trick

he ever pulled

was to whisper I was abusive to women

frightened old ladies

such a cheap trick

to drag a man down

put him in the gutter

no defence possible

& if I were to slap him

for the impudence

his cheap low trick

would only serve to underlie

how violent I could be

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