I hear the spruikers' spiel and wonder
Is it true, or do they think
That we just give our wealth to plunder
Without thought, and will not shrink
From all their folly, and fall under
Such a spell with nod and wink?

For if it's true, as they are saying,
Everybody talks about
The product they have been portraying,
Why this brazen forceful tout?
And are they then perhaps displaying
Their own attitude of doubt?

If everybody's talking, why the need to advertise?
But if the public must be told, then someone's telling lies.
They're either rather wasteful, or they can't be trusted, so
I won't be fronting up to them to part with hard-won dough.

© Tom Chapman 2013