Mermaids from Monkeys
In 1842, there was
a travesty called 'The Fiji Mermaid,'
composed from the torso
of a dried monkey corpse fastened
to the tail end of a fish--
of carnival barkers touted
the splendor of the
so-called 'genuine' mermaid
and seduced willing suckers
'born every minute,'
to dish out oceans of hard-earned money
just so they could gawk at the mocking
many believed the hoax
because conniving predators could lie
using the straight face
but supposedly we have evolved since then,
now we follow dosed network news shows,
and give rapt attention to talk-radio hosts
not to mention, the trustworthy internet--
where everyday carny barkers lie to us,
showing us their freaks for ratings.
so we'll order their snake-oil
or buy their leaky book
folly is confirmed
by her children,
is it not?
© Brian Hodgkinson Jr. (aka) –Limericist 2007/2021