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Snake oil

This modern day

The ads exclaim

When selling us their pills

Can help! Can help!

(A weakling’s claim)

They’ll never cure our ills


The promises they make are rash

They see themselves as clever

And think we’ll pay our hard earned cash

For snake oil cures

No, never!


The doubtful claims are bold and shiny

And now we all have hope

The side effects they wish were tiny

(And so they softly spoke)


This drug, it’s not for everyone

And so you must be cautious

May cause rash or swollen tongue

And might just make you nauseous


So, thinking persons, don’t be dense

These warnings, printed finely

Should make you use your common sense.

”Twas given you, divinely.

Lee Dunn View All

Lee Dunn has been writing since the age of 18, but found that work got in the way for the ensuing 48 years. In his home town of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he reveled in his independence at an early age, and spent as much time as he could exploring the city’s Arts scene. He was introduced to poetry and prose by the works of two literary giants, namely J.R.R. Tolkien and J.W. Lennon and thence fell in love with the written word. His work includes poetry, short fiction, and personal essays, and ranges in theme from the surreal to the horrific, nostalgic, and themes on the human condition. He has been published on Spillwords.com, The Dark Poets Club, Journal of Undiscovered Poets, Crepe & Penn Literary magazine, and the Shelburne Free Press.

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