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It seems like old P.T. Barnum was right, even though he didn't say it, there are more ways than ever and more people than ever getting suckered on what they think are sure deals. Remember, if that seems to be too good to be true , it probably isn't. And if some authority is after you, they probably aren't. You have to keep pretty sharp to avoid these tricksters. And, if you smell a rat, it probably is a rat. Please do not pass this on to 60 of your e-mail friends. This was checked by my scam checker, and it's guaranteed not to be a scam, phish or virus by the BBB, Snopes, Symantec, AAA, AARP, etc. ;-)



I do believe [wrongly] it was P.T. Barnum that said,
"There's a sucker born every minute, [you cad]."
So every mother's son is cashing in on the fad,
creating new scams so we can get had..

Madison Avenue has got your number,
having you buy up with no value under.
Suckering you in for another stupid blunder,
just so their profit margin gets the plunder.

Social networks are now all the rage,
you have to get "liked" on every page.
Spend all your time maintaining your image,
until you have no time left to actually engage.

The rich get richer with patriotic zeal,
claim that they create jobs with their silent steal.
While wage slaves work for scarcely a meal,
with the fear of being fired if they appeal.

Clean and safe water is paid for and should be free,
but companies reject that for water by a fee.
So many believe there is something you can't see,
they pay through the nose to designers' wannabe.

Banks make us offers we can't refuse,
0% interest to light our, too short, fuse.
When we can't pay the minimum we use,
they laugh at our stupidity and start to abuse.

So many believe the apocalypse is near,
so-called researchers readily get their ear.
Buying into all that fantasy and fear,
until hysteria spreads from peer-to-peer.

Fans will do anything to get close to fame,
spend their last dollar to live the reality shame..
Until the idolized get tired of their harassing game,
and sue them for being the cause of the blame.

Phishing is now famous for catching more than a few,
but they are getting better and coming straight through.
So if you think you can't be suckered into their view,
well, I've got a big surprise, just waiting for you.

I could come up with a million more,
like you winning the lottery in a big score.
But I'm getting tired of beating the bore,
so if your suckered, don't get sore.

Get even.

Copyright 2012 © Ronald W. Hull



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Reviewed by Sandy Hoynacki (Reader) 6/20/2012
I must say you've certainly captured reality, and the Survival of the Fittest, with this great poem Ron...Reminds us to be on guard for what we aren't about to obtain...:-)

Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 6/16/2012
You said a mouthful and a mindful Ron. I always enjoy your wisdom.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/15/2012
Your apt and timely points are most well made, Ron. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Tom Hyland 6/14/2012





Reviewed by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg 6/14/2012
our entire capitalist society is based on these premises...greed for the self...i'm holding out for the golden age, when it becomes what is good for the all ;)
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 6/14/2012
I like that "Get even" lol when the player gets played!! lol
especially when the "fow-paw" fakers and those hiding with anonymity
are kicked in the lap top with good ole fashioned Authenticity!!
I feel sorta sorry for them though (those that ain;t got nothing better to do with their life) but hey it's always better to be on top of the suckers anyway

Authenticity Dares To Be
Reviewed by Ed J. 6/12/2012
Well spoken. There is no doubt about it the scams are everywhere and in many forms. Some take more than your money. Wonderful write.

Stay well and keep writing
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 6/11/2012
Just live in a cave... I do. Metaphorically speaking. Nobody can get me cos I ain't interested in anything - except ideas. I'm totally technophobe and I love it. Don't borrow more than I can pay. I'm an advertiser's nightmare. Do only the most rudimentary on the net... this and e-mails is me lot. Seriously. Guess that's odds in my favour, which is even better than even! Great modern day synopsis, Ron! :)) xx
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 6/10/2012
Great work and I loved the ending but one thing I do admit too Ronald...I am indeed a 'sucker' for your poetry...I just love it!
Love to you and yours
Reviewed by Lily of Lough Neagh C. Dennis-Woosley 6/10/2012
It's sad that those look beyond reality instead of in their own back yard and heart. I always called those sorts sheep, ones with no mind of their own easily persuaded mindless souls. Ready to drink the Koolaid

Beautifully artfully done

Love and Light
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 6/10/2012
So clever of the truth you write *Ron*
so to be in love With love a must!!!!

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 6/10/2012
LOVED that last line...giggle.....awesome writing....very entertaining! Great job, Ron!

Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/10/2012
A whole lot of truth in this one and sadly it is often the weak that get suckered the most. Those who either are very young, very old, the desparate or just don't have too many brights.
Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 6/9/2012
The "users" are the "losers" big time. They can only run their game for just so long. "So long!" is what I say to them!!

Love ya!

Reviewed by John Flanagan 6/9/2012
everything's a game, a bluff, a chance;
we're truly in the time of cowboys - nasty
unromantic ones and their sunset is our wallet

well said, Ron

Reviewed by Budd Nelson 6/9/2012
you have hit the preverbial nail squarely, but then i am a carpenter not.
Reviewed by Odin Roark 6/9/2012
Irony reigns supreme with this amalgamation of persuasion by dint of ignorance. Listing the many examples could become a full time activity, much like the obsessive nature of social networking.
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 6/9/2012
Cyber circuses and the Internet zoo species and feces the white elephant venerated in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Myanmar ... albino dung phishing and farting wet scams. P.T. Barnum was ahead of his time and the prophesy lives on ... nice, honest metaphor Ron.

Reviewed by Connie Faust 6/9/2012
You covered so much here, Ron, but it keeps coming in more amazing opportunities. Are we so desperate to get something for nothing? Apparently.
The best bargain I ever got was God's love...the down payment was made by Him, and I won the prize!

Reviewed by Laura Fall 6/9/2012
Truly a meaningful write Ron as always great and very interesting poetry indeed Laura
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 6/9/2012
I've not ever been suckered into spending more than I got...which really isn't all that much being a poor old sot, but given the chance I might be willing to win the lottery, cause therein I do spend on tickets quite alot...e
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 6/9/2012
I've been had by Wall Street more than once. I guess that makes me a stupid sucker. But I drink tap water when I'm not drinking beer and in Facebook I have absolutely no interest. It's hell not being liked. Patrick
Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 6/9/2012
Well I certainly enjoyed your witty write here, Ron, chocked full of non-exaggerations, packed with punch, wrapped in cellophane, allowing a clear view of all the inane household so-called worth procured by the so-called most intelligent life form on earth. Are we insane to complain? ~~ Diana
Reviewed by Richard King 6/9/2012
Ain't it awful that we've come to this? Sadly, I fear that there is much more truth than "trickster" to this one Ron. Dick
Reviewed by jude forese 6/9/2012
you can't con someone who grew up in The Bronx ... and in some instances, you can't con a con ... you covered all the bases in this poetic sucker ...
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